Festival Director Dan Krovich's line-up includes works from the Green camp (Great World of Sound) and the Mumblecore (Hannah Takes the Stairs.) But he answers the concerns of some other bloggers, expanding the scope to include women directors and minority voices.
All these films are small, in the best sense of the word. They are micro-budgeted, personal works with no stars; most have no distribution deal (GWOS was picked up by Magnolia after the line-up was announced) making them the kind of films that you can only see at a festival.
I'm keen to see which of these films captures the fancy of the Dramatic Features jury (Hadjii, director, Somebodies (which is screening at the 31st AFF out of competition), Alison Dickey, producer, Piggie; and Amy Dotson, Producer & Managing Director of Programming for IFP, New York. )
They face an exciting challenge.
August the First screens on April the Twentieth
All The Days Before Tomorrow (Francois Dompierre, 100 Min.)
August The First (Lanre Olabisi, 81 Min.)
Drifting Elegant (Amy Glazer, 87 Min.)
Great World Of Sound (Craig Zobel, 106 Min.)
Hamilton (Matthew Porterfield, 65 Min.)
Hannah Takes The Stairs (Joe Swanberg, 83 Min.)
The Inevitable Undoing Of Jay Brooks (Jennifer Sharp, 90 Min.)
Monday (Heidi Van Lier, 89 Min.)
Reservations (Aloura Charles, 85 Min.)