Last week, after the Sundance festival committee announced its 2012 slate, I posted an entry requesting all those who submitted films to the festival, whose films were rejected, to email me and introduce themselves and their films, so that I can, at the very least, take a look at their work, and get to know the filmmakers. It's something I've done in previous years since this site's beginnings; and I'm glad to say that, unlike the last 2 years I made the request, this year, I received quite a lot of responses, thanks in part to the site's growth over the last 2 1/2 years, as well as raised awareness since joining the indieWIRE network earlier this year.
A big THANK YOU to those who were brave enough to share their work with me, despite the Sundance rejection; some of you even included your rejection notices from Sundance!
I haven't had an opportunity to look at every single response yet, though I'm getting to them gradually.
As for what I'm going to do with the information I didn't have before... I plan to share the works of those who approve of my sharing their projects on S&A; and since my intent here has always been to *discover* black filmmakers I wasn't already aware of, and, in turn, expose them to readers of this site, I plan to add these filmmakers to my talent contact list, so that I can stay abreast of what they're doing from henceforth.
So, starting today, I'll highlight works by those who allow me to share their work, without any bias; meaning, I'll post them here for you all to see (the shorts primarily), or just know about (the features), regardless of my personal feelings about them. So I'm not sharing those that I think are *good,* *bad* or whatever. I'm just going to post them in the order I received them... again, just those who give me their approval to do so.
First up is a short film called Traum by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Michael Fequiere. It's just his second film, and centers on "an ex-cop who suffers from insomnia after losing his wife. He takes a newly designed sleeping pill that puts him through a series of intense dreams that reveal a terrible truth."
Michael touts works by David Lynch and Andrei Tarkovsky as inpsiration.
Watch Traum in its entirety below: