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Uptown is an American 2009 independent drama film written and directed by Brian Ackley as his debute feature film, and the second film in the One Way or Another Productions’ “Naked Series”.
Ben (Chris Riquinha), an aspiring filmmaker, is an umnmarried man living in New York. He enjoys the single life but feels his life is missing something. He meets Isabel (Meissa Hampton), a woman unhappy in her marriage who is seeking intimacy. The bond between the two grows as they have repeated liasons “uptown”. -wiki
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Daddy Longlegs is a 2009 American independent film directed by the New York based brothers Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie. It premiered at the 2009 Directors’ Fortnight section of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival, under the title Go Get Some Rosemary. It premiered in theUnited States at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the out-of-competition Spotlight section. It is scheduled to premiere commercially viaIFC Films, theatrically and on-demand, on May 14, 2010.
Lenny, a divorced father and a projectionist at a Manhattan movie theater, spends two weeks with his young sons Sage and Frey.
Nights and Weekends is a 2008 film by Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig. Mattie and James are in love and living in separate cities. But too many mornings and too many miles apart have taken a toll on them. As they both struggle with the distance between New York and Chicago, their visits become reminders of the difficulties rather than the pleasures of their relationship. Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig follow their collaborations on Hannah Takes The Stairs and LOL with an intimate portrayal of coupling, longing and raw emotional vulnerability. This time Swanberg co-stars with Gerwig, and Gerwig co-directs with Swanberg, creating a startlingly honest adult drama that Salon.com hails as “…erotic and electrifying. This is a new-school independent film with old-school integrity.
This is one of my personal favorites. Gerwig is incredibly real and endearing in this film. As someone who has struggled through a long-distance relationship, I can say this film pulls at the heartstrings in a very honest way.
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Mark Duplass is an American film director, film producer, actor and screenwriter. He is the brother of director and writer Jay Duplass. He is also the lead singer of the rock band Volcano, I’m Still Excited!!. Duplass is one of the founders of the mumblecore aesthetic, with the film The Puffy Chair that he co-wrote with his brother Jay and Baghead that he co-directed with him. He also currently stars in the new FX comedy television series The League. Check him out!
Mark Duplass is an American film director, film producer, actor and screenwriter. He is the brother of director and writer Jay Duplass. He is also the lead singer of the rock band Volcano, I’m Still Excited!!. Duplass is one of the founders of the mumblecore aesthetic, with the film The Puffy Chair that he co-wrote with his brother Jay and Baghead that he co-directed with him. He also currently stars in the new FX comedy television series The League.
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Humpday is a 2009 American comedy film starring Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, and Alycia Delmore; and directed, produced, and written by Lynn Shelton. Two heterosexual male friends Ben (Duplass) and Andrew (Leonard) meet after having not seen each other for 10 years. During a party, they find themselves locked in a “mutual dare” situation engaging to make a gay pornography film, including anal sex, as an “art project” between two straight guys and submit it to the HUMP! film festival. They do not decide yet who will penetrate whom. Ben tells Andrew that he will discuss the project with his wife Anna (Delmore). However, as Ben begins to describe the project to Anna, she reacts skeptically at the mere mention of amateur pornography. Ben finds himself lying to Anna; he talks about the project with only vague detail, telling her that he will likely act as a behind-the-scenes assistant to the hypothetical film crew.
The latest from Aaron Katz, and a SXSW 2010 debut, Cold Weatherstars Cris Lankenau and Trieste Kelly Dunn in what seems like another rich evocation of place and pace from the director of Quiet City and Dance Party USA. Original Score by Keegan DeWitt; Cinematography by Andrew Reed. A guy who moves back to Portland, Oregon becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend’s disappearance.
Dance Party USA is a 2006 film written and directed by Aaron Katz. Apathetic seventeen-year-old Gus hangs around doing nothing with his buddy Bill most of the time. Gus likes to tell half-true stories about all the girls he’s slept with and all the drugs he’s done. Jessica is seventeen too. She doesn’t seem to have much in common with anyone anymore – not even her best friend Christie. Every year this one guy Brian throws a 4th of July party. The party’s never that great, but there’s free beer, so people always go. Gus and Jessica meet each other there. They watch fireworks outside and light sparklers. Gus says that he’s not the sort of guy she thinks he is. He tells her a secret he has never told anyone before.
Baghead is a 2008 comedy/horror film directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass. Four actors go to a cabin in the woods to write, direct, and act in a film that will jump-start their careers. Their idea is a horror film about a man with a bag over his head, but what happens when that man mysteriously shows up?
The Puffy Chair is a 2005 comedy film written and directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass.The film concerns the relationships between men, women, brothers, mothers, fathers and friends. The central idea of the film is that one brother discovers on eBay a replica of a lounge chair that was used by his father long ago. The resulting road trip to pick up and deliver the chair as a birthday present for the father takes interesting twists as it goes on.
Joe Swanberg is an American independent filmmaker. He is a member of the”Mumblecore” movement. His features include Kissing on the Mouth (2005), LOL (2006), Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), Nights and Weekends (2008) and Alexander the Last (2009). He is also responsible for the Nerve.com online series Young American Bodies and has made numerous shorts, most of which are available online.
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Funny Ha Ha, considered the first mumblecore film, follows the exploits of recently graduated protagonist Marnie as she tries to find a temporary job and win the attention of a college friend named Alex (who is already in a relationship), while trying to cut down on her beer consumption. Shot on 16 mm film on a very low budget, the film provides a glimpse into the lives of people in their twenties as they try to come to terms with life after college. It also deals with how they intend to confront the responsibilities of adulthood, if only to put them off for as long as possible.
Why mumblecore nudity will never go mainstream. By Jessica Gros
Greta Gerwig is usually nude at some point in the movies she appears in. This fact was addressed by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott last weekend in an article about Gerwig’s breakthrough performance in the Noah Baumbach movie Greenberg: “When she takes off her clothes—which is not infrequently—it does not seem teasing or exhibitionistic but disarmingly matter-of-fact.” Scott argues that Gerwig’s unaffected nude scenes in Greenbergshare the aesthetic of her earlier work in so-called mumblecore films—ultra-low budget, often-improvised movies about lost twentysomethings. He sees Gerwig as carrying the “loose, no-big-deal” mumblecore aesthetic into Baumbach’s film and believes she has the potential to take it even further into the mainstream “Ms. Gerwig, most likely without intending to be anything of the kind, may well be the definitive screen actress of her generation,” Scott writes.
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