Fake It So Real: New York Magazine Editors Pick: “Fascinating. It’s fun watching these guys “hurt” eachother.”

Another great review of Fake It So Real. This time it’s an editors’ pick in New York Magazine!!!

Fake It So Real (Editors Pick)
This fascinating little verite documentary following a gaggle of oddball indie pro wrestlers in North Carolina contrasts the subjects’ playful bluster with their more sensitive, intimate moments, thus becoming a subtle riff-note the title-on the curious tension between oneself and one’s constructed identity. Also, it’s fun watching these guys “hurt” each other.

 

Fake It So Real in the Wall Street Journal

By STEVE DOLLAR

‘Fake It So Real’

reRun Gastropub Theater
147 Front St., Brooklyn, (718) 766-9110
Friday-Jan. 19

Robert Greene chalks up a lot to the wisdom of uncertainty. The filmmaker, who is based in Beacon, N.Y., is creating his own niche with intensely personal documentaries shot so fearlessly on the fly—within specifically limited, and likely sleepless, time frames—that they seem like minor miracles. Then again, he seems to have an innate sense for character-driven narrative and the apparent deep trust of his subjects.

MOVIE
Factory 25Hojo Devlin gets the drop on Zane in Robert Greene’s documentary ‘Fake It So Real.’

As with “Kati with an i,” his 2010 Gotham Award-nominated film that followed his half-sister on her high-school graduation weekend, his new film is set in the deep South and features a relative as one of its main subjects. He goes by the name Chris Solar, and like his cohorts in the film, he’s an aspiring professional wrestler. The consequences of a birth defect robbed him of a belly button, which leaves him even more reason to kick butt.

Superstars in their own area code, the members of the Millennium Wrestling Federation of Lincolnton, N.C., may play cartoonish heroes and villains inside the ring, but their real-life ambitions are no joke. “Fake It So Real” captures a week in the life of this rough-and-tumble fraternity of small-town head crushers, allowing generous elbow room for sometimes ridiculous, sometimes heart-tugging swerves of eccentricity as individual struggles are subsumed by the communal glory of the big match. Mr. Greene, himself a wrestling enthusiast, establishes a jocular yet intimate rapport that reveals the passion and contradictions binding this disparate group of working-class men together.

Everyone has his reasons for chasing his peculiarly punishing dream, whether it’s the crew’s naive rookie, Gabriel (“GAYbriel”) Croft, who copes with some deeply seated emotional problems; or the chubby J-Prep, whose outsized posterior becomes part of his schtick when he enters the ring to the thump of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”

Shot with the nimble-jointed cinematographer Sean Price Williams, the film resonates with the jarring physicality of face chops and body slams. It even inspired a number of Mr. Greene’s indie-film peers to channel their inner Hulk Hogan and make their own pro-wrestling-style boasts on a series of promotional clips (watch them at vimeo.com/album/1793798). Along with Mr. Greene, some of them will be on hand for the film’s premiere Friday, and mayhem could well ensue.

Beyond its sheer entertainment value, which is nearly boundless, the deeper appeal of “Fake It” lies in getting these raucous big lugs to expose their vulnerabilities (amid issues of class, race, culture and masculine identity) without ever becoming canned anthropology or a joke at anyone’s expense. Sure, these guys live for the moment when they get to stomp someone’s head, but they wear their hearts on their sleeve.

Fake It So Real Promo #4 with Director Craig Butta

Fake It So Real Theatrical Promo #4 get’s hardcore with actor/director Craig Butta…You better stay out of his way if you wear flannel or Buddy Holly glasses:

The Film Opens on January 13th at reRun Theater in Brooklyn.

More info on the Factory 25 Fake It So Real Site

SHOWTIMES:
FRIDAY, January 13 (7pm, 10pm) * SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON *
SATURDAY, January 14 (7pm, 10pm)
SUNDAY, January 15 (1pm)
MONDAY, January 16 (10pm)
TUESDAY, January 17 (10pm)
WEDNESDAY, January 18 (7pm)
THURSDAY, January 19 (7pm)

Go here to buy tickets for the reRun screenings

Michael Tully, Director of Septien & a bad idea in Fake It So Real Theatrical Promo

Fake It So Real Theatrical Promo #3:

Septien director, Michael Tully with a cat, a “wrestling rink,” and a bad idea, talks trash in this Promo—Shot on VHS!!!!

The Film Opens on January 13th at reRun Theater in Brooklyn.

More info on the Factory 25 Fake It So Real Site

SHOWTIMES:
FRIDAY, January 13 (7pm, 10pm) * SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON *
SATURDAY, January 14 (7pm, 10pm)
SUNDAY, January 15 (1pm)
MONDAY, January 16 (10pm)
TUESDAY, January 17 (10pm)
WEDNESDAY, January 18 (7pm)
THURSDAY, January 19 (7pm)

Go here to buy tickets for the reRun screenings

Fake It So Real Theatrical Promos for day 1 & 2 by Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel) & Mark Elijah Rosenberg (Rooftop Films)

Robert Greene’s southern indie-wrestling film is opening on January 13th and every day we will be posting new promo…Today’s is by Alex Ross Perry (Director of Color Wheel and Impolex) and yesterdays was by Mark Elijah Rosenberg (Rooftop Films)…

ALEX ROSS PERRY’S FAKE IT SO REAL, LOOK AT THE ALTERNATIVES PROMO:

MARK ELIJAH ROSENBERG-GOING TO BRING SOME PAIN TO FAKE IT SO REAL SCREENINGS:

The Film Opens on January 13th at reRun Theater in Brooklyn.

SHOWTIMES:
FRIDAY, January 13 (7pm, 10pm) * SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON *
SATURDAY, January 14 (7pm, 10pm)
SUNDAY, January 15 (1pm)
MONDAY, January 16 (10pm)
TUESDAY, January 17 (10pm)
WEDNESDAY, January 18 (7pm)
THURSDAY, January 19 (7pm)

Go here to buy tickets for the reRun screenings

FAKE IT SO REAL OFFICIAL TRAILER:

ABOUT THE FILM:

Fake it So Real follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina over the course of a week leading up to a big show. The film explores what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. The wrestlers aren’t paid for their passion, but they treat wrestling like any artist treats their work. Fake It So Real shares the triumphs and heartaches of an often under-appreciated American art form.

Directed by ROBERT GREENE
Produced by DOUGLAS TIROLA and SUSAN BEDUSA
Cinematography by SEAN PRICE WILLIAMS and ROBERT GREENE

Festivals: CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,  CPH: DOX, CUCALORUS, DOCYARD, FESTIVAL DEI POPOLI , INDIE MEMPHIS, MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL, ROOFTOP FILMS, SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL, TRUE/FALSE FILM FESTIVAL



Press

“In the tradition of the Maysles brothers, Greene films without comment and leaves it to the viewer to draw conclusions with some interesting contradictions to consider.”
Variety

“Fake it So Real is Real.”
WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund

“Absorbing and heartfelt.”
Spout

 

 

Factory 25’s favorite films of the year!!! (the narratives)

Here are my favorite narrative films of the year, in a kind of order (there are three clusters, a group tie for first, second and third). Oddly, three of the films have the prolific Robert Longstreet…Some of the films haven’t been as easy to check out as Drive or Red State, but many will be released in 2012…Hunt these films down…

 

The Color Wheel by Alex Ross Perry
The Oregonian by Calvin Lee Reeder
Bad Fever by Dustin Guy Defa
Green By Sophia Takal
Septien by Michael Tully
The Catechism Cataclysm by Todd Rohal
Sound of My Voice by Zal Batmanglij
Loveless by Ramin Serry
Lord Byron by Zack Goodshall
Wuss by Clay Liford

New Neutral Milk Hotel Video for the song Naomi by Naomi

Check out the new Neutral Milk Hotel Video by Naomi Yang (of the band Damon and Naomi– who released the amazing 1001 Nights DVD/LP on Factory 25). The song was pretty much a stalker song written by Jeff Magnum about an obsession with Naomi Yang…fast forward to 2011 and Naomi makes a video for the song about her…

Here it is:

Check out Naomi’s other great videos: Here

and the Neutral Milk Hotel’s box set looks pretty amazing as well:  Here

 

Factory 25 presents: The Factory Fortnight Series of Cannes films

The Other Side of Sleep, Kids of Today and Shit Year acquired by Factory 25 for North American Distribution as part of Factory Fortnight, a series of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight films
 
Factory 25 will release Other Side of Sleep and Kids of Today theatrically in January, followed by DVD, digital platforms and non-theatrical screenings in early 2012. 
 
Shit Year, staring Ellen Barkin, in theaters, opened in New York City on September 21, 2011 will be followed DVD, digital platforms and non-theatrically early 2012.
 
Factory 25 announced today that it has aquired North American rights to Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival film The Other Side of Sleep by Rebecca Daly along with three other past Cannes Directors’ Fortnight films: Shit Year by Cam Archer, Kids of Today by Jerome De Missolz and Two Gates of Sleep by Alister Banks Griffin. These four films will be the first releases of the Factory Fortnight series.
 
Rebecca Daly’s first feature film The Other Side of Sleep is the haunting journey of Arlene (Antonia Campell Hughes), a sleepwalker since childhood. She works in the local factory of the small Irish rural town she grew up in. When a young woman is found dead in the woods, Arlene immediately channels her own mother’s disappearance, twenty years ago. Increasingly drawn to the girl’s family – her accused boyfriend and grieving sister, Arlene barricades herself in at night, depriving herself of sleep. Deep in emotional turmoil, her sleeping and waking realities soon blur, as the community searches to find the killer.
 
The Other Side of Sleep was directed by Rebecca Daly; stars Antonia Cambel Hughes, Sam Keeley and Vicky Joyce; screenplay by Rebecca Daly and Glenn Montgomery; director of Photography by Suzie Lavelle; Edited by Halina Daugird; Music & Sound by Michel Schöpping and Marc Lizier; produced by Morgan Bushe, Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films; In co-production with Ferenc Pusztai for KMH Films (Hungary), Reinier Selen and Ivo de Jongh for Rinkel Film (Netherlands); Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund & Motion Pictures Public Foundation of Hungary. With the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board.
 
In Shit Year, Cam Archers follow up to his 2006 Sundance film Wild Tigers I have Known, renowned actress Colleen West (Ellen Barkin) abandons her successful career for a secluded life in the hills. But the quiet and peace of mind she longed for is disrupted by the noisy construction of neighboring housing developments. Before long, Colleen discovers that she really can’t stand herself now that she has given up the only thing that she has ever truly been passionate about. As an alternative to isolation, she reluctantly befriends her jubilant, whimsical neighbor (Melora Walters) and reconnects with her estranged brother (Bob Einstein) who drops by unan­nounced after hearing about her retirement. Haunted by loneliness and past desires, Colleen begins to feel as if she has lived her life through the characters she has played on stage and screen. Ultimately, she is forced to confront loss, her failures and mistakes, by reliving a recent affair with younger actor Harvey West (Luke Grimes) whom she met dur­ing her final stage performance. Reality becomes inseparable from Colleen’s unhinged obsessions in a hallucinatory struggle to accept her own vulnerability and reclaim herself.
 
Shit Year was written and directed by Cam Archer; starring Ellen Barkin, Melora Walters, Bob Einstein, Luke Grimes, Theresa Randle, director of photography was Aaron Platt; sound sesign by Cam and Nate Archer; production design by Elizabeth Birkenbuel; edited by Madeleine Riley; Music by Mick Turner; songs by Sara­beth Tucek; produced by Lars Knud­sen and Jay van Hoy; production company was Parts and Labor
 
In the Jerome De Missolz documentary Kids of Today legendary seventy’s French rock critic Yves Adrien becomes an obsession of a young counterculture group. Music from yesterday and today pave a revolutionary road through the generational collision. From the opening scene, the film uses William S. Burroughs cut up style storytelling with an excerpt from the classic silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari then quickly cuts to the electro-punk band Crystal Castles intertwining the decadent pasts and urban futures.
 
Kids of Today was directed by Jérôme de Missolz based on an original idea by Jean-François Sanz; director of photography Jérôme de Missolz & Sarah Blum; Sound by Matthew Foldes; Edited by Elisabeth Juste & Vanessa Bozza; Produced by Love Streams agnès b. Productions & Arte France Cinéma
 
Alistair Banks Griffin’s directorial debut Two Gates of Sleep takes place somewhere on the Mississippi-Louisiana border, where brothers Jack (Brady Corbet, FUNNY GAMES) and Louis (David Call, TV’s GOSSIP GIRL) prepare for their mother’s imminent death. Their communication limited to glances, they hunt a gorgeous animal, cook a special meal and share last moments of quiet intimacy with the woman who bore them. Once she succumbs, they ignore society’s expectations and undertake an arduous journey to bury her along the riverbank. Stunningly photographed by Jody Lee Lipes (AFTERSCHOOL, TINY FURNITURE), the film shuns narrative conventions through exactingly spare techniques that magnify the tension and melancholy in every frame. Ants swarm in the dirt, trees form a green cathedral, and the brothers step deeper into the muddy river. Evoking the elemental themes of Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying,” TWO GATES OF SLEEP is a film of rare beauty that calls attention to seldom seen customs of the rural South, and paints a shattering portrait of a family overcoming extraordinary circumstances to honor a final request.
 
Two Gates of Sleep was written and directed by Alistair Bands Griffin; produced by Josh Mond and Andrew F. Renzi; Executive Produced by Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos; associate produced by Zach Stuart-Pointer and Dustin Bowlin; starring Brady Corbet, David Call and Karen Young; photographed by Jody Lee Lipes; music by Saunder Jurriaanes  and Daniel  Bensi; sound design by Daneil Flosdorf; Production company was Borderline Films.

 

THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP
THEATRICAL RELEASE | DVD | DIGITAL | VOD
Catalog No.: FTF-022 | 
In Theaters: January 2012 | 
Directors: Rebecca Daly | RT: 91 min.
 | Year: 2011

 
“Intriguing” – Hollywood Reporter
 “Flirts with dreams and reality; under-stated yet powerfully etched.” – Screen Daily
 “Unique”– Cineuropa
 
Rebecca Daly’s first feature film The Other Side of Sleep is the haunting journey of Arlene (Antonia Campell Hughes).  Arlene is a ghost in her own life. She lives in a small town in the midlands – surrounded by field after field, woodlands and laneways to disappear down and never come back.  One morning she wakes in the woods beside the body of a young woman. Someone watches from the trees.  The body is soon discovered and suspicion spreads through the community. Increasingly drawn to the girl’s family – her grieving sister and accused boyfriend, Arlene barricades herself in at night, afraid to sleep. Haunted by grief buried and delayed, Arlene’s sleeping and waking realities soon blur. And all this time someone is watching her.
 
Starring:  Antonia Cambel Hughes, Sam Keeley and Vicky Joyce
Festivals: Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, Hamburg Film Festival & the Leeds International Film Festival

Links: More Info, Trailer, Images


 

SHIT YEAR
DVD | DIGITAL | VOD
Catalog No.: FTF-021 | 
In Theaters| 
Director: Cam Archer | 
RT: 95 min.
 | Year: 2010

 
“Reminiscent of Gena Rowlands in Opening Night, Ellen Barkin gives the cagiest and most fiercely sardonic performance of the year.” – The Village Voice
 “A poetic/fantastic exploration of a performer cut loose from performing” – Variety
 
Renowned actress Colleen West (Ellen Barkin) aban­dons her suc­cess­ful career for a secluded life in the hills. But the quiet and peace of mind she longed for is dis­rupted by the noisy con­struc­tion of neigh­bor­ing hous­ing devel­op­ments. Before long, Colleen dis­cov­ers that she really can’t stand her­self now that she has given up the only thing that she has ever truly been pas­sion­ate about.
As an alter­na­tive to iso­la­tion, she reluc­tantly befriends her jubi­lant, whim­si­cal neigh­bor (Melora Wal­ters) and recon­nects with her estranged brother (Bob Ein­stein) who drops by unan­nounced after hear­ing about her retire­ment. Haunted by lone­li­ness and past desires, Colleen begins to feel as if she has lived her life through the char­ac­ters she has played on stage and screen. Ulti­mately, she is forced to con­front loss, her fail­ures and mis­takes, by reliv­ing a recent affair with younger actor Har­vey West (Luke Grimes) whom she met dur­ing her final stage per­for­mance. Real­ity becomes insep­a­ra­ble from Colleen’s unhinged obses­sions in a hal­lu­ci­na­tory strug­gle to accept her own vul­ner­a­bil­ity and reclaim herself.
 
Starring:  Ellen Barkin, Melora Walters, Bob Einstein and Luke Grimes
Festivals: Cannes Film Festival, AFI Film Festival and Hamptons Film Festival

Links: More Info, Trailer, Images


 

KIDS OF TODAY
THEATRICAL | DVD | DIGITAL | VOD
Catalog No.: FTF-023 | 
In Theaters: January 2012 | 
Director: Jerome de Missolz | 
RT: 100 min.
 | Year: 2011

 
In the Jerome De Missolz documentary Kids of Today legendary seventy’s French rock critic Yves Adrien becomes an obsession of a young counterculture group. Music from yesterday and today pave a revolutionary road through the generational collision. From the opening scene, the film uses William S. Burroughs cut up style storytelling with an excerpt from the classic silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari then quickly cuts to the electro-punk band Crystal Castles intertwining the decadent pasts and urban futures.
 
Festivals: Cannes Film Festival
Featuring Music by: Crystal Castles, Sunn O)))), Fuck Buttons, Jaques Brel, Kraftwerk, Suicide, James White, LIO, Frustration, Taxi Girl, Death Set and more

Links: More Info, Trailer


 

TWO GATES OF SLEEP
THEATRICAL RELEASE | DVD | DIGITAL | VOD

Catalog No.: FTF-017 | Director: Alistair Banks Griffith | RT: 78 min. | Year: 2011

 
“Critic’s Pick!” New York Magazine
“One of the must-see films from Cannes.” Indiewire
“Announces the arrival of a new American indie talent in Alistair Banks Griffin… The film is a marvel.” Variety
 
Somewhere on the Mississippi-Louisiana border, brothers Jack and Louis prepare for their mother’s imminent death. Their communication limited to glances, they hunt a gorgeous animal, cook a special meal and share last moments of quiet intimacy with the woman who bore them. Once she succumbs, they ignore society’s expectations and undertake an arduous journey to bury her along the riverbank. Ants swarm in the dirt, trees form a green cathedral and the brothers step deeper into the muddy river. This visual meditation on nature, death and tradition paints a shattering portrait of a family overcoming extraordinary circumstances to honor a final request.
 
Starring:  Brady Corbet, David Call and Karen Young
Festivals: Cannes Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Sao Paulo Film Festival, AFI Film Festival and CPH:PIX

Links: More Info, Trailer

“The Sounds of Factory 25” part of reRun Theaters reRun Series

NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ
(Wednesday 8/31, 7pm, FILMMAKER IN PERSON)
Dir. Henry Joost and Jody Lee Lipes. Documentary. 74mins.

[Watch the trailer] An ambitious, sexy and jaw-droppingly gorgeous adaptation of Jerome Robbins’ beloved “ballet in sneakers,” Joost and Lipes’ SXSW Audience Award winner is “austere in purpose and yet lush and expansive in execution, suffused with summer heat and Terrence Malick cinematic light” (James Wolcott, VANITY FAIR). The screening will include JEROME ROBBINS’ BALLETS: USA, a never-before-seen documentary commissioned by the State Department in 1958.

“Oozing seductive passion, sorrowful yearning, and playful joy, OPUS JAZZ is a brief but striking film that demonstrates the capacity of art (be it dance, music, or cinema) to speak volumes without saying a word.”
– Nick Schager, THE VILLAGE VOICE

THE FAMILY JAMS
(Wednesday 8/31, 10pm, FILMMAKER IN PERSON, STAY FOR FREE AFTER “OPUS JAZZ”)
Dir. Kevin Barker. Documentary. 81mins.


[Watch the trailer]
 
An evocative rock-n-roll portrait of youthful possibility, THE FAMILY JAMS catches three musical acts (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Vetiver’s Andy Cabic), at the fleeting moment when they transcended the world they built for themselves and everyone else took notice. Featuring appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased and Linda Perhacs.

“[CRITICS’ PICK!] THE FAMILY JAMS may not ever attain the stature of, say, a concert film like DA Pennebaker’s DONT LOOK BACK. But it should, as a record of musicians in youthful flower, sharing a loose, heartfelt camaraderie and lack of pretension.”
– Andy Webster, THE NEW YORK TIMES

BUTTONS by Ben & Josh Safdie & Alex Kalman IN THEATERS SEPT 2

Factory 25 is pround that the first post on this new blog is announcing BUTTONS by Ben & Josh Safdie (Daddy Longlegs & The Pleasure of Being Robbed) and Alex Kalman (myblocknyc.com) is going to have a week long theatrical run at Re-Run theater in NYC.  What blew me away by these small seemingly unrelated short films (that the filmmakers call buttons)  is the felling of narrative that is created.

Check out the Trailer, then check out the screenings on Sept 2nd-8th.

also, if you have a chance check out the oddly addictive four episodes of “Talk Show” By the Safdie Brothers with Host Sam Lisenco:

Episode 1 w/Frownland Director Ronnie Bronstein & more

Episode 2 w/Gibby Haynes (Buthole Surfers),  The Beets & more

Episode 3 w/Clayton Patterson & more

Episode 4 w/Carlen Altman (from You Wont Miss Me & The Color Wheel) & more