Last night I had the chance to check out night three of this year's Gen Art Film Festival. For those not aware, Gen Art is an organization that promotes emerging talent in film, fashion and music -- and their annual film festival is something I truly look forward to each year. It takes place over the course of one week, and in that time seven films enjoy their New York premieres, followed by seven kick-ass after parties. The film that premiered here last night first made waves when it landed at Sundance (where Magnolia Pictures picked it up for distribution) and, after making a pit-stop at SXSW, The Signal finally arrived in New York City.
If you're the type that likes a little originality with your gory horror flicks, then The Signal is definitely your cup of tea. When a mysterious signal invades every cell phone, TV and radio, the folks on the other end turn to murder as if it's become the normal thing to do. The film was directed by three different guys (David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry), and so it's divided into three completely unique sections, each with its own style, edge and personality. Prior to the screening, I managed to shoot a little video diary from the scene to give you at home a small glimpse into the Gen Art world. Apart from talking to two of the co-stars of The Signal, I also caught up with Gen Art Film Fest alum (and Cinematical friends), Arin Crumley and Susan Buice (co-writers/directors, Four Eyed Monsters), to ask them more about the festival process, as well as to find out what they're working on next. Tickets are still available for the remaining four nights, so head on over to the festival's official website and come join the party.
Note: Music from friends of lizzy.