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Rejected By Sundance #2 - Scott Krinsky's Psychological Noir 'Smoke And Mirrors'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 18, 2013 at 1:37PM

Rejected By Sundance #2 - Scott Krinsky's Psychological Noir 'Smoke And Mirrors'
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Smoke & Mirrors

First here's a quick recap on what this is all about, for those who missed last week's announcement:

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival titles have been announced in the various categories, and so we now know who made the cut. But what about those many thousands who submitted their films and didn't get in? If you're one of them, here's a chance for you to let us know who you are.

For the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 54 first-time filmmakers, including 34 in competition. These films were selected from 12,218 submissions (72 more than for 2013), including 4,057 feature-length films and 8,161 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 2,014 were from the U.S. and 2,043 were international. 97 feature films at the Festival will be world premieres.

So really somewhere between 1% and 3% of total submissions were selected. Those are minuscule numbers. So that also means that there are roughly 97% of you remaining, with projects that didn't get into the festival. And YOU are the folks we want to hear from!

Of interest to those of us on this blog (see the name and tagline of the blog at the top of page if you're new here) are films by and/or about people of African descent. So, if you or your film fit the bill, we'd love to hear from you!

At the very least, it'll be great just to know you exist, so that we can become familiar with you and your work, and track from here-on.

So, if you agree, feel free to send me an email to obensont@gmail.com, with all the vitals about you and your film, and we'll go from there.

We posted the above last week, and since then, I've received several emails in response, which I began highlighting earlier this week (see the first piece HERE).

Today's submission comes from San Francisco Bay area-based producer/director Scott Krinsky, and here's what he had to say in his email to me:

My latest film, Smoke and Mirrors, didn't make the Sundance cut. It's a short film adaptation of acclaimed author Craig Clevenger's latest novel, and it was selected by IndieWire as project of the day when we ran our Kickstarter campaign to fund the film. I classify the film as psychological noir with heavy elements of magical realism. It stars an extremely talented African American actor named Marcus Ahku who plays a character named Icarus. I cast Marcus in the role because of his tremendous screen presence, and because he brought a reverence and humanity to the role that other actors missed. I recently put the finishing touches on the film and I'm waiting to hear back from several other festivals to determine where it will premier. 

Scott goes on to describe the film as "your basic unlicensed medic meets escaped psych patient who claims to be an angel in an abandoned subterranean surgical theater following a massive earthquake kind of story."

Intrigued? I certainly am. I have yet to see the complete film, but the above description and below trailer are enough of a tease. Whenever I get a chance to check out the film, I'll update this post with my thoughts.

Watch the trailer below (and thanks to Scott for sharing):

This article is related to: Scott Krinsky, Marcus Ahku


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