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.
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.
Quiet City is a 2007 film directed by Aaron Katz. Jamie (Erin Fisher) arrives in New York City looking for a friend, who isn’t answering her cell phone. Missing her stop on the subway, she asks Charlie (Cris Lankenau) for directions. Unable to articulate them properly, he escorts her to a diner where she is supposed to meet her friend but the friend never shows. Charlie invites Jamie back to his apartment, which kick starts a 24 hour period of hanging out and getting to know each other.
Hannah Takes the Stairs is a 2007 independent mumblecore film by Joe Swanberg. The movie tells the story of Hannah, a recent college graduate living in Chicago who works as an intern at a production office, as she begins to crush on Matt and Paul, two scriptwriters that she works with. Coasting from relationship to relationship, Hannah attempts to find a direction for her life.
The movie was released on DVD on April 22, 2008.
The term “mumblecore” was coined by Eric Masunaga, a sound editor who has worked with Bujalski. Masunaga coined the term one night at a bar during the 2005 South by Southwest Film Festival, but it was Bujalski who first used it in an interview with indieWIRE. The directors of the films are sometimes referred to collectively as “mumblecorps,” as in press corps. Film journalists have also used the terms “bedhead cinema”, and “Slackavetes,” a reference to independent film director John Cassavetes and Richard Linklater’s dialogue heavy, lo-fi 90’s film Slacker.