Some Call It Mumblecore

On February 16, 2005 I sent Joe Swanberg an email. That year my film "Deadroom" was to premier at SXSW. While perusing the other titles to be played I came across "Kissing On The Mouth." After looking into it further I was enthralled with the concept and emailed him to say "I think your film looks great and I'm very much looking forward to checking it out." In his reply he said "I really hope people give it a shot."

Now, two and a half years later there is Mumblecore. More aptly titled in their new screening series "The New Talkies: Generation DIY" by the IFC Center. Since I'm not in New York to watch the series on the Big Screen I've been having my own little festival on the small screen. Having already seen several of the films playing out on the fest circuit ("Hannah..." "Kissing On The Mouth," "LOL," "The Puffy Chair," "Hohokam," "Quiet City.") I wanted to catch up with those I haven't. So these past few weeks I've had a chance to watch "Mutual Appreciation," "Dance Party, USA," "Quietly On By," and "Frownland" (hopefully I'll catch "Team Picture" and "Funny Ha Ha" this next week.)

I don't really have any long critique or dissertation on this. I will say that aside from the stupid name I do think it's a good thing to be grouping these films as a movement. Although I think it's less of a "making" movement and more of a "watching" movement. Films like this have been made for quite awhile and of course there was a big resurgence when the first DV camera was released. Audiences are just finally catching up with the style and these great works have let them see that it's okay to let go of their expectations of Indiewood and enjoy something truly independent.

That's all I really have to say. I mainly just wanted to report that I'm watching these films and they are good. So when someone in 50 years is poking around the Wayback Machine over at the Internet Archives they will know that I was there when it all happened.