A FIX Feature on the Film Festival Pulse

The Fandor FIX initiativeThese FIX filmmakers have films new to the Fandor library and playing at upcoming film festivals — some at the same time. 

This week’s FIX feature is a focus on filmmakers with work in current or upcoming film festivals. From PowerPoint presentations (yes, really) to Biblical re-imaginings, and cross-cultural docs to personal essays, this group really runs the gamut! Read on to meet the FIXers and get to know their work:

Jonn Herschend

SELF PORTRAIT AS A POWERPOINT PROPOSAL FOR AN AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE dir Jonn Herschend

SELF PORTRAIT AS A POWERPOINT PROPOSAL FOR AN AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE

No stranger to the art-film form, Herschend’s practice includes performance and installations, and he also co-founded and acts as creative director for The Thing Quarterly, which may be the coolest way to collect fine art ever conceived. His new film Discussion Questions will screen at the Chicago Underground Film Festival in May and at the San Francisco International Film Festival (in the same program as fellow FIXer Jay Rosenblatt) at the end of April. Six of his other short films, including the impressively titled Self Portrait as a PowerPoint Proposal for an Amusement Park Ride, are now on Fandor!

Elza Kephart

GO IN THE WILDERNESS dir Elza Kephart

GO IN THE WILDERNESS

The Sarasota Film Festival kicked off on April 10, and Kephart’s second feature Go in the Wilderness will be screening there with Kephart in attendance. Kephart is a Montreal-born filmmaker who has received numerous grants and development opportunities including the TIFF Talent Lab and the Berlinale Talent Campus. If you can’t get to Florida (although we hear it’s lovely this time of year), you can also watch the film, along with her debut feature Graveyard Alive, on Fandor.

Jenni Olson

Watch THE JOY OF LIFE dir Jenni Olson on Fandor

THE JOY OF LIFE

Olson is one of the most formidable scholars of LGBTQ cinema making film today. In fact, we have her list of the Essential LGBTQ films over on Keyframe! She even founded the first LGBTQ streaming movie platform. Her film The Royal Road is at the San Francisco International Film Festival at the end of this month, and you can watch her debut feature, which Fandorian Timothy T. calls “a beautiful rendering of San Francisco, warts and all, against an audio background that is always engaging”.

Jay Rosenblatt

HUMAN REMAINS dir Jay Rosenblatt

HUMAN REMAINS

With a career based in picking apart the messiness of humans to gain insights on humankind, Jay Rosenblatt has screened everywhere from HBO to MoMA (and on many screens in between), and is currently the Program Director for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. His poetic films use both found and filmed footage, and his latest film is an optically printed treat of a short that will screen with Jonn Herschend’s film at the San Francisco International Film Festival. You can watch fifteen films from his impressive oeuvre, including the funny and frightening Human Remains, on Fandor.

 Vanessa Hope

CHINA IN THREE WORDS dir Vanessa Hope

CHINA IN THREE WORDS

Hope has drawn from her background living and working in China to inform her filmmaking. She also has extensive experience (in China and elsewhere) as a producer and consultant, helping U.S.-based film festivals appeal to Chinese audiences. Her documentary feature debut, All Eyes and Ears, will screen at the thirteenth Tribeca Film Festival (which began on April 15), but her twelve-minute documentary China in Three Words, which centers on author Yu Hua and his novel China in Ten Words, is brand new to Fandor.

Even though this latest FIX feature represents a tremendous amount of range and diversity, every one of these directors shares a passion to share unexpected and under-represented stories with the world. We are proud to work with filmmakers that are a vibrant part of the festival circuit, and to give their movies a home in our library. Go forth, and watch great works by these courageous auteurs!

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