By eug | eugonline February 7, 2011 at 6:14AM
The first two feature films by Aaron Katz (pictured center, left) -- "Dance Party USA" and "Quiet City" -- were made for a combined budget of $5,000. His new film, "Cold Weather," earned three times that amount in just one weekend at IFC Center (according to iW estimates). It got off to a good start, buoyed by a rave New York Times review by Manohla Dargis.
Made for a low six figure budget, Katz' new film marks a move to a much bigger canvas. You can tell things are cinematically different in a couple of shots in "Cold Weather." Katz & Co sprang for a lens for their RED camera that yielded stunning results. But, despite having more resources and the ability to finally pay his collaborators, Katz' focus remains. Like "Dance Party USA" and "Quiet City," "Cold Weather" captures the almost imperceptible nuances of a relationship, in this case with a brother and sister at the center. It's a terrific movie by an American indie filmmaker who continues to impress and progress.
Friday night in NYC was a fun homecoming for Katz and his key collaborators (like Brendan McFadden, pictured to his right). A former projectionist at the IFC Center, Katz took the stage for a big group Q & A at a crowded evening showing. After the movie, cast and crew celebrated nearby at an even more crowded bar, with an African band playing as more and more friends and fans pushed their way into the place. Congrats, all!
iphone photo by eugene hernandez. Pictured left to right: Lars Knudsen, Robyn Rikoon, Aaron Katz, Brendan McFadden, Keegan DeWitt, Cristopher Lankenau, Raúl Castillo, Andrew Reed, Jeff Taylor , Chris Wells, Marc Ripper.