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Film Society at Lincoln Center and Double Hope Films Present: Indie Night Screening Series -- A LITTLE CLOSER -- Thursday April 5th

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by Ted Hope
March 30, 2012 8:30 AM
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Hey Film Friends,

Our debut screening at Lincoln Center last month was a great success and completely sold out. Everyone had a great time. I encourage you to order tickets to our next show right now, and use the "affiliate" code to save money when you order. The café in the theater has terrific food and drink so you can make a night of it as we did last month. And of course we have another great, truly indie, film for you this coming Thursday night.

What with the bombast of Hollywood's regular fare, I find sanctuary in the true indie work that is committed to unlocking our present day reality. My next screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's INDIE NIGHT delivers all of this to you: 

emotional truth and honesty,

clarity and discipline, 

simplicity yet reach and ambition -- 

and most perhaps, 

enjoyment and pleasure in the odd, little moments that can define a life.

Director Matthew Petock's A LITTLE CLOSER, won best feature at the Lone Star Film Festival.  A remarkably assured first feature for a director barely out of film school, Petock's debut rips a page out of Raymond Carver's stories.  Far more seasoned artists have struggled to capture emotional truth while not falling into the trap of sentimentality. Petock manages to walk that line.

Martin Scorcese had this to say about A LITTLE CLOSER:

"Matthew Petock's first feature shows him to be a director of depth sensitivity and assurance. He captures the quiet emotions and heartbreak of his characters with profound respect for the dignity of the everyday struggles in life and what it means to be a family. A LITTLE CLOSER is a hauntingly beautiful film and a remarkable debut."

As with last month's WITHOUT and its director Mark Jackson, Petock’s A LITTLE CLOSER is part of a trend (dare I say: a movement) of naturalist micro-budget filmmaking emerging from Brooklyn, but blossoming in far off locales.  They share a gaze towards the class divide that defines our time, a respect for working people and the challenges we all now face.

Matthew Petock does not wallow in the filmmaking constraints financial hardship imposes, but instead delivers a full vision, never wanting, with all the creative aspects in full service to his vision. A LITTLE CLOSER introduces us to a working mother who may be a single parent with two young sons who try her patience and test their boundaries, but we also get to share in her joy when she too gets the brief respite she's been yearning for.

Great movies!  Great discussion!  Discount tix!  Discount food & booze!  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Check out the trailer: http://alittlecloserfilm.com/trailer

Check out A Little Closer's website: http://alittlecloserfilm.com/

Order tickets now at: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/a-little-closer

And please come see the film Thursday April 5th at 8:00 PM at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

"A LITTLE CLOSER"
Thursday, April 5th
8:00 PM
ELINOR BUNIN MUNROE FILM CENTER
144 W. 65TH St
New York, NY 10023

Take a break and come join me, director Matthew Petock, and some of his team at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Indie Night”.

Most sincerely, and forever hopeful about film,

Ted 

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  • Sasha | April 6, 2012 4:41 PMReply

    A tight knit crew of NYU film grads put there heads, hearts and guts together, stick to the shoot date and manage to produce a technically successfully DIY feature film. There is no excuse for aspiring filmmakers to be hindered from bringing their story to life. Not since low cost, high quality & compact camera & sound gear is available and accessible more now then ever before. Most students fresh out school know how to do their job well, but how often do any of them have something to say? This is the make it or break it question. "A little Closer" is a humble coming of age story following a young mother and her teenage sons. Set in Nowheresville, Virginia, the film isn't trying to be anything more or less than what it is - it's a personal film, And that is what I like about it! Bravo to these emerging makers for not getting in the way of themselves.

  • jingmei | April 2, 2012 4:13 AMReply

    Very briefly cheerful post here, adorable. Well done though I'm not gonna make it to the event for real I'm always gonna be here at least for these warmly nice things.

  • patrick | March 30, 2012 11:10 AMReply

    This is really good. Thanks Ted

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