It’s been a little while, but with the way things are in the world right now we wanted to share something positive.
If we didn’t believe in the power of film—and all art for that matter—to deconstruct, move, and transcend, we wouldn’t pursue creating it.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled some recommendations of filmmakers we love and have helped shape our own filmmaking sensibilities. Both as a way to fill some of your time while you’re social distancing and quarantining, and to learn more about the art of filmmaking. We hope you’ll check them out.
First, we suggest you take a couple of minutes to watch the trailer for the recent Terrence Malick film, A Hidden Life— then, just rent the full film on Amazon or iTunes or wherever you watch movies.
Paired with the trailer for A Hidden Life is an insightful video essay by Kevin B. Lee called Terrence Malick: The Art of Voiceover. In the essay, Lee breaks down the ways Malick effectively uses voiceover in his films not only to progress the stories, but also to provide commentary on love, nature, war, and grace to name a few. If you’re interested in pursuing Malick further be sure to watch: Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life, and To the Wonder.
Next up is the trailer for the Paul Schrader film, First Reformed. And just like the Malick film, we suggest you rent the full film on Amazon or iTunes (or wherever you watch movies).
We’d suggest following that up with this short breakdown from Paul Schrader on transcendental style in film. Schrader’s insight into transcendental style in film is both instructive and illuminating. If you’re interested in watching other films in the transcendental style, check out Tokyo Story by Ozu and A Man Escaped by Robert Bresson.
WATCH OF MINOR PROPHETS—FOR FREE
Finally, if you’re looking for something to do while you’re socially distancing, consider watching our feature film, Of Minor Prophets, on Vimeo. All you need to do is type in the password free when you open the link. And if you enjoy it, feel free to spread the word!
We’ll have some more free resources and projects for you to check out soon. For now, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe in this unique and challenging time.