Lone is singer Chelsea Wolfe’s first film, one that combines her music and the artistic expression of filmmaking to create a visually wild ride. Directed by Mark Pellington and based around Wolfe’s album “Pain is Beauty”, the film is a series of vignettes and images interlocked with five songs from the aforementioned album. The combination creates a dreamlike landscape littered with beauty and horror.
I won’t lie – I was wary at first as the viewer is essentially watching an hour long music video and I wasn’t entirely sure that was going to work. But unlike standard music videos, this one manages to tell a story without telling a story, leaving the interpretation entirely up to you. While it may not work for some, it worked for me. And what a story it is – encompassing love, beauty, pain, horror, death, life, destruction, nature and everything in between. A story created with viscerally stunning images that vary from filling one with longing to filling one with uneasiness and a story that includes a plethora of people. A particular repeating image that stuck out to me was people wearing animal masks – I feel like I’ve seen this a lot lately, mostly in the horror genre. I’m not sure if this was their way of introducing horror into the framework of the story here or not but it was really the only imagery that felt to me to be a bit of an overused trope.
Wolfe herself has a haunting voice and her songs are raw, only serving to amp up the imagery that we’re seeing. While the songs are the focus, there is a bit of dialogue, mostly repeated phrases such as “I’m not afraid to remember.” and “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I’m not sure which five songs from the album were used, as I’m not familiar with Wolfe or her work outside of this film, but she’s definitely garnered a new fan by using this medium.
Pellington’s direction is, at times, brilliant. Besides all the emotions and elements he combines, he also combines his original imagery with what appears to be old home movies and stock footage of natural disasters. The overall affect is a film that will stick with you long after you’ve finished watching.
Some of you are familiar with P.j. Starks, some of you are not. But either way, he’s a pretty cool guy who does a lot of fairly cool stuff when it comes to movies. And he just released one of his films online, finally, for the entire world to see. I haven’t had a chance to watch this one yet but hope to soon. It’s only 19 minutes or so, so head on over and check it out!
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Well, I and a whole buncha other people had a shit load of fun today over at the first Shitfest Social! We gathered together to watch “The Secret Village” and did a live commentary as we watched. Super fun and a great time was had by all! Swing on by and check out the comments to see how great (or horrible) this movie really was! :)
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In just a few short hours, I’ll be live commenting on this movie in the comments section of this post. I had a handful of people say that they’d join me so hopefully they’ll show up!! If not – I guess it’ll just be me! If nothing else – I guess that means more beer and pickles for me!! I hope you tune in! This could be good fun!
UPDATE: The big event starts in 6 minutes!!! And LUKEhas promised to dance The Cooch!!!!
UPDATE: HERE WE GO!!
The March issue of Rogue Cinema is here featuring not only reviews by myself but also featuring me as this month’s Sleepover Girl! A huge thank you to Rogue for this honor! :)
Carry and mine’s take on Shitfest Winter 2014 – George Biddle, CPA. Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds!
If you’re in the area or feel up for a road trip check out the River City Festival of Films comin’ atcha March 1st!
Verite Cinema announces details for year three of the premiere film festival The River City Festival of Films. The festival gives local filmmakers a viable venue to screen their work to the community and be recognized for their efforts. Donations from the festival will be given to New Beginnings Sexual Assault Services, a local charity organization. All festival events are free and open to the public; however donations are accepted for the charity.
Year three marks a mile stone as we have three special guests joining our event. Peter Weller (Robocop, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Sons of Anarchy) will be our special celebrity guest. Peter Weller is an accomplished film and television actor/director/producer with over 74+ film credits to his name. The signature event of the festival, Peter will screen the cult classic, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across Dimension with the attendees. The festival will also host an autograph and photo session with the actor as well as a special seminar with Owensboro native Jason Koger, to discuss their experiences working together on the popular hit television series Hawaii 5-0.
The festival also welcomes Dave Shuffett, host of the popular KET series Kentucky Life and Kentucky Collectables, who will conduct a seminar on television production and discuss his new book ‘My Kentucky Life’. Dave joined Kentucky Life in 1999 and since then he has received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing. Dave’s latest KET program, Kentucky Collectibles highlights the
Lastly WWE fans will have the opportunity to meet Sir Mo, most famous for the World Wrestling Entertainment World Tag Team Championship with Mabel as a part of “Men on a Mission” from 1993 to 1996. Sir Mo will be available to meet with fans for autographs and pictures.
The festival is not just an opportunity to view the unique visions and artistic efforts of the incredible talent within Owensboro and the region; it’s also a chance to pick the brains of the creative minds behind the films through one on one interactivity. In year three we’re stepping it up in every way. We have two screening rooms to view short, feature and international independent films. Experience our Events Floor with over 30+ vendors featuring artists from many facets of indie film; production companies, local/regional authors, painters, screen writers and the like. We will also be including a Q&A Room where audience members will have a chance to attend seminars featuring the local talent they were able to view on screen.
After the Buckaroo Bonzai screening with Weller, Jason Koger will host his Handing Back after party at the convention center for the public to attend. March 1st is the anniversary of Koger’s accident and the party is his way of giving back to a community who gave so much to him after the accident. Jason will have many special guests during the evening; to include live music entertainment, speed painting artist Aaron Kizer, Actor Peter Weller, Vanderbilt Burn Staff, and more. Details available soon at http://www.jasonkoger.com