Author: amfmstudios

Darius Clark Monroe is an imposing filmmaker, both because he’s a pretty big guy, but also because he seems to be able to succeed at just about anything he touches. Two years ago I had the privilege of being one of the first people to interview the writer/director about his début feature, EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, a very honest documentary about Monroe’s youthful indiscretion (he robbed a bank) and how he turned that terrible mistake into fuel for the rest of his life. This year he returns to the festival circuit as a short filmmaker, his narrative DIRT world premiering…

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Some films defy categorization. It may be because they draw from several genres, it may be because they come from an abstract world where it is hard to speak in certain terms, or it may be because they are just so darn weird, singular, and unforgivingly unique that they practically dare you to try to sum it up. Such a film is THE GREASY STRANGLER. Premiering at Sundance in the Midnight Section, the film toys with all the preconceptions of what that demarcation might mean. Yes, there is a killer wandering the streets, but the danger of the film is…

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Crowdfunding has taken over indie filmmaking. Auctioning off executive producer titles, access to the set, and even roles in the film itself has become part and parcel to how low budget films get made these days. But just who are these investors? And what do they really want? DIRECTOR’S CUT, which world premiered as Slamdance’s opening night film, finds a disgruntled and basically insane kickstarter investor re-cutting the film he helped fund with his own footage, revealing something far more disturbing than the thriller the filmmakers were trying to make. Adam Rifkin directs DIRECTOR’S CUT, from a screenplay by…

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Last year it was Rodney Ascher’s THE NIGHTMARE, this year THE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS fills the becoming-mandatory doc spot in the Midnighters at Sundance. In the film, director Rich Fox follows a number of participants who voluntarily go to an undisclosed and ever-changing location to have bags shoved over their heads, be verbally humiliated and subjected to physical ordeals that really do qualify as torture (on sequence featured waterboarding). After their evening, the ‘survivors’ find themselves dumped, often pantsless, into the open world, branded but also forever changed. For most, giving themselves over to terror for one night satisfies whatever strange…

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Each year Park City overflows with filmgoers and it seems each year more of them are finding their way to Slamdance, the kid brother with an outsider focus and a bit of a chip on its shoulder. A majority of the Slamdance Program (the competition) is made up of first time directors and what the films are lacking in star power, they are often brimming with enthusiasm. Most of these films are low budget affairs, but with great festival potential. In fact, while Sundance films often get snapped up and are unseen again until getting released theatrically like a year…

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Opening January 27th There’s always been a place in SciFi for dumb fun. If we are going to be carried away into a world of aliens and lasers, then why not make the trip a little easier by not expecting us to take everything so seriously. There is something about Rooster Teeth’s first feature LAZER TEAM that makes it more akin to a Saturday morning cartoon than “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” or “Contact.” When we do make that first contact with an alien species, I don’t expect us to last too long, so let’s just embrace the ridiculous…

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New year here at AMFM Magazine and I am excited to announce a new column I will be doing regularly, highlighting the best films coming out in limited release and VOD. My first selection is the can’t miss BAND OF ROBBERS, a hilarious, uplifting, and action-packed modernization of the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn stories by Aaron and Adam Nee. In a reimagining of the classic Mark Twain novels, Tom and Huck are adults in the modern world, still searching for Injun Joe’s hidden treasure. Fresh out of jail, Huck finds his old friend Tom waiting in a squad car,…

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