The genre of independent film never ceases to amaze me. The following highlights significant films that have been newly released for your viewing pleasure.
- 2 Days in Paris -Written and directed by Julie Delpy, 2 Days in Paris follows Marion (Delpy) a French photographer and her American boyfriend Jack (Adam Goldberg) as they try to salvage their relationship, while navigating the social circles Marion left behind and her parents, played by Delpy’s real-life parents Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet. The film takes a few ups and downs, but always manages to stay interesting and amazingly funny, I might add. When you plop an American in a foreign country, hilarity is always bound to ensue. Noteworthy Quote: “There’s a moment in life where you can’t recover any more from another break-up. And even if this person bugs you 60 percent of the time, well you still can’t live without him. And even if he wakes you up every day by sneezing right in your face, well you love his sneezes more than anyone else’s kisses.”
- Killer of Sheep - It’s interesting to note that this 1977 film, written, directed and produced by Charles Burnett was released 30 years after it was completed, due to unsecured rights to the music. In 2007, the rights were eventually purchased for a grand total of $150,000 and “Killer of Sheep” saw the light of day. The film explores the life of Stan (Henry Gayle Sanders) a slaughterhouse worker in the Los Angeles district of Watts who slowly finds it difficult to separate his work life from his home life. Throughout a series of events, Stan begins to feel that the course of his life is no longer in his hands. Fascinating fact: Filmed on a $10,000 budget, “Killer of Sheep” was originally submitted as Burnett’s Master of Fine Arts thesis while he was attending the School of Film at UCLA.
- The Art of Travel – Conner Layne (Christopher Masterson) is struggling with something that most people have gone through: unrequited love. Instead of moping about it in his bedroom, he takes off on a yearlong honeymoon across Central and South America and manages to befriend a young couple, get robbed as well as learn more about himself than he ever wanted to. Directed by Thomas Whelan, “The Art of Travel” also stars Brooke Burns, Johnny Messnery, Shalim Ortiz, James Duval and Maria Conchita Alonso. Noteworthy quote: “It’s funny to think that I’ve learned more in the past 9 weeks than I did all throughout high school.” Isn’t it, though?