Fantastic Fest kicks off on Thursday, which is also when I’m headed over to Austin (hot damn!), but with beaming internet generosity the festival has already unveiled five features and five shorts from this year’s line-up that can be seen, in their entirety and for free, online here.
The features include Sean Donnelly’s doc about Tiffany stalkers, “I Think We’re Alone Now”; J.L. Vara’s surreal noir “South of Heaven,” starring filmmaking brothers Adam and Aaron Nee; and Reynald Bertand’s comedy about an average man who discovers a face cream that temporarily turns him into a major celebrity, “La Creme.”
Those films will be online until September 20th. October 17th, Magnolia will be releasing Wayne Wang’s “The Princess of Nebraska,” the companion film to his “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” which opens in theaters this week, online for free on YouTube. Dennis Lim talked at Wang at the New York Times and reports that the micro-budget, DV “Princess” was a result of the director managing to fit a second feature in on “A Thousand Years”‘ budget, which, you would think, makes using the second film as a kind of online promotional tool for the theatrical release of the first a lot easier.
“Princess” was, incidentally, shot by Richard Wong, the director of the ultra-charming and ultra-indie “Colma: The Musical,” who I interviewed last year — from the Times piece:
Mr. Wong, 31, was the cinematographer on “Princess,” which was shot on consumer-grade digital video, and is credited as co-director. “It must have been liberating for Wayne to do something so guerrilla, where you could make every decision on the fly,” Mr. Wong said.
[Photo: “I Think We’re Alone Now,” Awesome and Modest/Greener Media, 2008]