Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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One of the films I saw at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival was a twisted little indie titled The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. By far, the strangest film I screened at the fest, the film is directed by first time feature director David Russo, who as I wrote in my Sundance review, “uses his experience in animated short films to create a cinematic acid trip, which might be so strange and different that it might alienate.” Little Dizzle tells the story of a young man who is forced to join a group of misfits who clean office buildings during the night time hours and become addicted to chemically-altered cookies which have some strange side effects. It only gets stranger, but I think that explaining exactly who Little Dizzle is might be revealing too much. A trailer for the film has been released online, and is available after the jump.
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The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is by far the strangest film I’ve seen this year at the Sundance Film Festival. After he quits his high paying computer job, Dory (Marshall Allman) is forced to take a night janitor job to pay the rent. He joins the group of misfits who clean office buildings during the night time hours.
One of the offices that they regularly clean is a company that runs test studies.They find a batch of cookies in the trash which contains a new chemical that is supposed to make the cookies taste warm, like they had just come out of the oven (which is such a great idea in itself). The janitors become addicted to the chemically-altered cookies, and they soon learn of some strange side effects. It only gets stranger, but I think that explaining exactly who Little Dizzle is might be revealing too much.
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Sundance is now in full swing and I havent been able to to blog about the experience as much as I would like to. We’ve got a tremendous response to the video blogs, probably more so than anything else we’ve ever put up on the site. It probably speaks to why America is so obsessed with reality television. And the response has not only been online but also on location in Park City. I’ve met a bunch of cool readers and even had some run ins with celebrities, some of which even read the site (which I always find very shocking and extremely cool).
Yesterday morning Scott Sanders, the writer/director of Black Dynamite and Jon Steingart, the film’s producer, came up to me while I was leaving a screening and asked if I ran /Film. Apparently they’ve been watching the video blogs and have since requested via our friend Scott at WeAreMovies, that we have more arguments in our future video blogs (you can watch the original fight video here). While I can’t make this happen, I’m sure something will go down in the next seven days of the festival. We’re seeing the midnight show of Dynamite on Sunday and we might be partying with the guys later in the week.
And earlier today at the 500 Days of Summer screening an actress came up to me and introduced herself, asking if I was the /Film guy. She explained that she reads the site and that she had a film playing at the festival called The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, a film I have had marked on my must see list. (I’m waiting on a publicist request, and hopefully I can get tickets to the Monday premiere.) She was extremely nice and we chatted for a moment before I thanked her for reading and wished her luck with the film. I sat back down and pulled up her name on IMDb. Sundance has a lot of first time filmmakers and films with unknown actresses, and for all I knew this could have been her first big break.
I’m not good with names, and the name Tania Raymonde didn’t ring any bells. But it turns out that it should have, as Raymonde played Ben’s daughter Alex on LOST. And those of you who regularly read the site know that LOST is my favorite television series of the moment. I loved her character on the show. She also looks so much different in person. Suffice to say I geeked out for a few minutes before I gathered the guts to turn around (she was seated behind me) and explain my error and profess my LOST fandom before the film started. Tania, if you’re reading this, please shoot me an email.
And my third celebrity run-in happened while I was entering the Library for the Mystery Team screening. Jason Reitman totally cut in front of me (kinda, sorta, but not really). He apologized, as it turns out he was just trying to get to the concession stand in the room with the ticket que. Not too exciting.
I once made a complete fool out of myself talking to Reitman while I was drunk at a party at the Toronto Film Festival. I doubt he remembers. If you’re interested, you can find the story on one of the /FilmCast AfterDark episodes from September 2008.
More video blogs on the way…