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Watch “Stutterer” – The Short that Won an Oscar, but was Rejected by Sundance.

Stutterer doesn’t look or feel like a first film. Its confident direction, from bold voiceover to distinct visual style, belies the fact that it was director Benjamin Cleary‘s first time behind the camera.

Fortunately, these attributes were not lost on the Academy. This year, the short film Cleary subletted his apartment to fund won an Oscar for Best Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards.(Via No Film School)

(Spoilers ahead) What an amazingly emotional film. You can feel the frustration as his inner voice begs to break the chains from its captor. Come to find out what holds him captive is what eventually will set him free. Meeting El and finding out their both just two pieces of a puzzle sends a wave of relief rushing over him that I don’t think I will ever feel. Working in a job that makes him press letters, being unable to help someone in distress, and trying spit a bit a philosophy to a friend are all things that torture his soul. You can see it in his eyes. Meeting El, someone who with he can finally communicate with, is the perfect ending to this wonderful story. Bravo, Mr. Cleary. I look forward to more from you.

-Matt

PS – This was shot for 5k over 3 days.

 

 

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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Netted FX Record Ratings, & An O.J. ’30 For 30′ Is Coming In June

EWThe numbers aren’t that surprising, given the pre-publicity surrounding The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, but the results are no less significant; the anthology series starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as the former NFL player-turned-convicted felon netted more than 5 million viewers, a record for an FX debut.

Nielsen says the first installment of the miniseries also averaged a 2.0 rating in adults 18–49, which represents 2.481 million viewers. That’s better than the first episode of American Horror Story, which achieved a 1.6 in 2011. 

It shouldn’t be surprising that ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ was a huge ratings hit, but that it set record ratings for a network like FX is pretty crazy. FX is not exactly an unknown network, and for the past 10-15 years, they’ve had some of the best shows on television. It just goes to show you that over 20 years later, people are still fascinated by the ‘trial of the century’. I watched the premiere last night, and even though it’s been covered incessantly by the media, it’s still compelling television. The show is perfectly cast, and the direction and writing are just as good. The O.J. case has so many factors; race, celebrity, domestic abuse – that the media could key in on any aspect of it and the viewing public would eat it up.

What I’m more excited about, though, is that the documentary ‘O.J. Simpson: Made in America’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s an 8 hour documentary about O.J. and how race relations affected his life and career both before and after the death of his ex wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman. This 8 hour documentary is being turned into a 5 part ’30 for 30′, which, judging by the reviews on Twitter, is going to be something special.

 

 

 

Since the O.J. saga isn’t going away any time soon, we might as well sit back and enjoy the enthralling content.

-Ryan

Indie Movie Watch – The Spectacular Now

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Click the movie poster to watch the 1st trailer.

It’s always good to see some fresh faces up on the big screen.

‘The Spectacular Now’ hits theaters August 2013.

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