exground filmfest | 22 | wiesbaden | 13-22 nov 2009


filmfest > program > ai - american independents


Stronger than ever: This year, our traditional program „American Independents“ is excellently set up quality- and quantitywise, presenting nine films. The focus lies on a series of films that deal with the failure of their protagonists in the American society. The poetic-minimalist debut film by Frazer Bradshaw, EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW, shows the reality of the American dream of marriage, kids, a house of one’s own, and work by means of monotonous visuals and was awarded the CineVision Award at the Filmfest Munich. In YOU WONT MISS ME, Ry Russo-Young offers deep insights into the inner life of a young woman who can’t cope with society’s demands of her.

OCTOBER COUNTRY and BELOW SEA LEVEL show the America beyond the glittering facade: a New York working class family and people who society forgot. WHITE LIGHTNIN' portrays US legend Jesco White and pulls the viewer into a feverish flush of drugs, wild dancing, and hellish visions of an "outlaw". Musician Bill Withers has said goodbye to stage and audience at the apex of his career and dedicated his life to his family. STILL BILL brings the three-time Grammy winner ("Ain’t No Sunshine") out of retirement after 25 years.

There are plenty of laughs as well: HUMPDAY, winner of the Sundance special jury award, is a deeply funny contribution to the current US hip subject of pornography, BLACK DYNAMITE by Scott Sanders is a comedy in the tradition of 1970s blaxploitation films such as SHAFT, and the star-studded horror filmI SELL THE DEAD (starring HELLBOY Ron Perlman) is a wonderful homage to the Hammer films of the 1960s.

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