Director / writer Eliza Hittman embarks on a bold journey through the mind of an ever-growing sexually-minded teenage girl. It Felt Like Love is a film that never shies away from the consequences of understanding love. Check out more after the jump.
More detailed tidbits can be read as follows (via Sundance FIlm Festival 2013):
“Fourteen-year-old Lila is experiencing an ennui-filled Brooklyn summer. She awkwardly wears a Kabuki-esque mask of sunscreen at the beach and plays third wheel to Chiara, her more experienced friend, and Chiara’s boyfriend, Patrick. Determined to have a love interest of her own, a bravado-filled Lila pursues Sammy, a tough but handsome older boy. Though Sammy doesn’t respond to her overtures, he doesn’t reject her either, and Lila—unable to resist spinning delusional fables of a relationship with him—manipulates herself deeper into his world. When her desperation and posturing carry her too far into unfamiliar territory, her inexperience is exposed, and she is forced to confront reality.In this film shot from Lila’s point of view and constructed with precise—sometimes startling—imagery and intimate moments, first-time feature writer/director Eliza Hittman confidently constructs a viewing experience that is completely subjective. Bolstered by a perfectly modulated lead performance from Gina Piersanti, IT FELT LIKE LOVE unflinchingly reveals some of the rawest moments of girlhood in an authentic story of burgeoning identity and sexual awakening. - K.Y.About the DirectorAward-winning filmmaker Eliza Hittman was born in New York City and is still based there. In 2010, she received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts’s School of Film/Video and has been a guest artist and lecturer at Columbia University. Her short film Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was listed on Indiewire’s list of "The Best of the Best." IT FELT LIKE LOVE is Hittman’s first feature film.”
Jump down below to view more screenshots and an embedded video interview about the film.
No trailer as of yet, but here’s an interview with the cast and filmmaker (courtesy of Beyond Cinema Magazine).
It Felt Like Love, 2013
Director Lindsay Ragone’s in-production doc Braingasm, dives into the newly Internet-driven research of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and its potential therapeutic benefits.
More info can be read as follows:
“About the DocumentaryImagine an online community where strangers actively help each other battle insomnia, depression, and even loneliness through creative expression. This community exists; It's the ASMR community.What is ASMR?The term "autonomous sensory meridian response" (ASMR) is marked by a pleasurable tingling sensation often felt in the head. This can be triggered by anything from getting a haircut, hearing a paint brush against canvas, to listening to someone whisper. Not everyone feels it, but some of the lucky ones have joined together to create a social media movement that's changing lives.BRAINGASM is a feature documentary that explores ASMR, the unique community surrounding it, and the scientific possibilities this phenomenon could provide.”
Watch the teaser down at the bottom of this page.
Teaser trailer for BRAINGASM.
In Kyle Patrick Alvarez’ second feature film C.O.G., David Sedaris’ essay of the same title becomes the adapted centerpiece about a man who gets the chance to work on an Oregonian apple farm. Check out more in depth details after the jump!
Background info about the narrative and director can be read as follows (via Sundance Film Festival 2013):
“David has it all figured out. His plan—more a Steinbeckian dream—is to spend his summer working on an apple farm in Oregon with his best friend, Jennifer. When she bails out on him, David is left to dirty his hands alone, watched over by Hobbs, the old farm owner and the first in a series of questionable mentors he encounters. First there’s Curly, the friendly forklift operator with a unique hobby, and then Jon, the born-again rock hound who helps David in a time of need. This first film adaptation of David Sedaris’s work tells the story of a prideful young man and what’s left of him after all he believes is chipped away piece by piece.With such beloved source material come great advantages and immense pressure. Writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez proves more than up to the challenge as he delivers a finely wrought story that remains true to both the author’s voice and his own. Jonathan Groff perfectly embodies David and imbues him with abundant wit that masks the uncertainty that he hides. C.O.G. is a funny and poignant portrait of a lost soul searching for himself among the amusing characters in life’s rich pageant. - T. G.About the DirectorIn 2010, Kyle Patrick Alvarez won the Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards for his debut film, Easier with Practice. The film was also nominated for best first feature. Alvarez graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in film and English. He spent his first year in the film industry working for Warren Beatty. C.O.G. is his second feature film.”
Jump down below to view a sneak peek interview with the film’s director.
Meet the Artist sneak peak for C.O.G.C.O.G., 2013
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