The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, dir. David Russo.
Humpday, dir. Lynn Shelton.
South by Southwest unveiled Sunday its complete lineup for this year’s festival, which will be held March 13-21 in Austin, Texas. The nine-day fest and confab will feature 108 films chosen from 1,511 submissions. Three Seattle films will be screened, including Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, David Russo’s The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, and Craig Johnson’s True Adolescence, which will vie for the narrative feature grand jury prize. Film conference and festival producer Janet Pierson said the lineup is “a great continuation of the quality SXSW is known for: plenty of compelling, new filmmaking talent across all budget lines; engaging documentaries ranging from the socially conscious to the hilarious; electrifying music films, prominent Texas themes; cutting-edge and smart Hollywood films; and an even greater exploration into global cinema.”
Check out Seattle-based being MEdia’s daily video coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Watch Virginia Madsen presenting the Special Jury Prize for the Spirit of Independence to Humpday director Lynn Shelton below:
If there were a prize for most outrageous premise at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday” would be ahead of the pack. The film follows Ben (“The Puffy Chair”‘s Mark Duplass) and Andrew (“The Blair Witch Project”‘s Joshua Leonard), two hetero friends who on a drunken night out come up with a plan to shoot themselves having sex with each other as a submission to their local alt-weekly’s annual amateur porn festival — it’s art, you see, and neither is willing to be the one to back down when sobered up the next day. IFC’s Alison Willmore sat down with the Seattle-based Shelton to talk about homemade porn and best bromance.
This year’s Sundance Film Festival marked a watershed for Seattle’s film industry, with three movies made in the city premiering at the nation’s largest venue for independent film. The festival ended this week, prompting the question: What happens next? For Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, it’s basking in the warmth of a festival success beyond her wildest imagination. The movie she wrote and directed, “Humpday,” premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and became one of the most talked-about movies at the festival. On Monday, David Russo’s “The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle” got a boisterous ovation at its premiere in the Library Theater, the exact place Russo always dreamed his movie would play. “I was very excited to find that the movie functioned very much the way I’d envisioned,” Russo said. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait also shot his latest film, “World’s Greatest Dad,” in Seattle. “I prefer to make movies so they don’t look like they’re from Los Angeles,” Goldthwait said after the Tuesday premiere, adding that he liked the idea of shooting the dark comedy under overcast skies but was thwarted by unusually sunny June weather.
Don’t miss the Northwest Film Forum’s coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on their blog Hot Splice. Lyall Bush, interim Executive Director of the NWFF, writes a day-by-day account of his time at the independent film festival in Park City. David Russo’s The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is the sixth film produced in association with NWFF’s innovative Start-to-Finish program and the second to participate in the Sundance Film Festival after 2005’s Police Beat. Lynn Shelton’s Humpday was also made with support from the organization.
The Seattle Times:
Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton’s third feature, “Humpday,” was one of the first movies to ink a distribution deal at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, over the weekend. Magnolia Pictures bought worldwide rights to the film, for a dollar amount described by Variety as “mid-six figures,” and plans to release it theatrically in August following a video-on-demand campaign. At the festival, Shelton said, “This is beyond my wildest dreams.”