In Attendance: New York No Limits Film Screening

Posted By admin on December 4, 2017 6:07pm

The NYC Indie Film Festival team was invited to the New York No Limits Film Screening. Some of our film reviewers were able to attend to give you a look inside the films shown.

The New York No Limits Film Series 2017 Summit, presented by the Wild Project ,took place November 16-18 2017. The 2017 Summit was the 7th presentation of New York No Limits year end film programming event. Each film selected embodies truly independent cinema that reflects the joys and enigmas of the human experience.

Sundown
by: Sungwoo Park

“My husband has been slowly leaving me for the past decade.”

Few illnesses echo the consequences of their condition as much as dementia. The painstaking slowness of dementia necessitates a particular level of accommodation and patience from the loved ones of the affected, bringing about a process of adjustment that is inevitably filled with equal parts frustration and concern. Sundown, a deeply personal film from director Brendan Boogie, captures this process in the portrayal of his own father’s struggles with dementia. The film tells the story of the Dewey, portrayed by Grayson Powell, as the free-spirited son who returns home to take care of his dementia-suffering father, portrayed by Paul Kandarian. Through this, Sundown depicts the day to day challenges of dementia in a deeply intimate, honest way. It doesn’t hesitate to showcase the imperfections and weaknesses of the family members through the difficult process of healing. Yet the strengths of the characters are what drive the film – the humorous, spirited, and memorable personalities that characterize the family relationships. While undoubtedly important, the film’s thematic undertakings also go beyond these day to day depictions. The film’s underlying message of patience and understanding taps into the question of what it means to be a family, and the at times exhausting level of love and conviction that it can demand.

Sundown is an Official selection of the New York No Limits Film Series.
City Girl
By: Brittany Conrad

Avery Regan’s City Girl is a realistic glimpse into the lives of three teenage girls growing up too fast in the heart of New York City. Though short in length, the narrative follows the trio through their entire evening beginning with their pre-game leading up to the party, all the way up until the following morning. Though it is only one night in the city, the girls’ journey feels more like a lifetime than merely a few hours. Growing up in such a fast paced city is bound to take its toll on the psyche of any young adolescent, especially teenage girls. Forced to confront issues with peer pressure, friendship, burgeoning sexuality, and sexism everyday life becomes an all too scary place to survive. Through powerful and emotionally charged scenes, Regan provides us with a realistic portrayal of the difficulties young girls face on a day to day basis, and perhaps sheds some light and awareness on what it means to be a “city girl”.

City Girl is an Official selection of the New York No Limits Film Series.

Earworm
By: Brittany Conrad

Have you ever thought about how uncomfortable it is to feel claustrophobic? Or how about when you feel like you need to stretch, but can’t. That nagging uncomfortable feeling, that blossoms into full-blown anxiety in virtually no time. Often an inner struggle, you usually cannot really see this feeling take shape in other people. Until now. From director Tara Rice, comes Earworm, a short film that truly captures that grating feeling that takes over every time a song is “stuck in your head”. Personified in the form of a worm inside the main character’s head, we quite literally see him writhing in agony over the innocuous tune. Though we are unable to identify the cause of this man’s grief until the shocking ending, the film is shot in such a way that we are able to easily identify and join in feeling his pain and anguish while trying to get a good night’s sleep. With a nod to comedy, Earworm, draws a lot of laughs from the audience and is stylistically spot on.

Earworm is an Official selection of the New York No Limits Film Series.

Rubber Heart
By: Brittany Conrad

It comes as no surprise that men and women experience sex in very different ways. Starring Anna Cordell and Kevin Phillips, Lizzy Sanford’s Rubber Heart, is a light and funny in its depiction of sexual expression, exploration, and boredom. This expressive short manages to accurately capture sex beyond the act. Fantastic cinematography really helps to flesh out this story and create an engaging plotline. You can feel Phillips’ characters ineptitude. You can feel Cordell’s dissatisfaction. The funny disconnect is brought to life through beautiful shots, angles, and dialogue. Rubber Hearts is one to watch!

Rubber Hearts is an Official selection of the New York No Limits Film Series.

After Party
By: Brittany Conrad

How do you find yourself in a vapid society obsessed with fame and devoid of true integrity? As stated by the director, Amos Posner, After Party, is a film depicting how to “navigate a toxic environment”. Lana is an up and coming photographer who is trying to make it in the brash art scene. Her new friend, Charlie, is a pretentious and often selfish, trendy gallery owner who has invited Lana to an opening’s after party with the promise of introducing her to a respected dealer. Charlie’s self interest is not obviously apparent to Lana off the bat, nor is the culture that surrounds the self-absorbed partygoers. After Party is shot from multiple perspectives, and its scenes are built up with an amazing score. With music that really matches the vibe, one feels instantly immersed in the film. Beyond exploring the wasted lives and deepening voids of the after hours crowd, there is romance and comedy to match, making After Party one film you do not want to miss. Instantly relatable to anyone who has spent a night out in “the scene” the narrative does an amazing job at bringing socialites, wannabe artists, and those caught in the rift’s energy to the screen through this one night of absolute debauchery. It may look glamorous, but After Party makes a compelling case that that is only up until you scratch beneath the surface!

After Party is an Official Selection of the New York No Limits Film Series.

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