During one of “The Movie That Blew My Mind” sessions, in which a filmmaker is asked to share a movie that was hugely formative in his or her development, David Lowery chose to discuss the film ”George Washington,” by David Gordon Green. During the session, Lowery says it truly opened his eyes to the immense power of independent film. See what else he has to say about this film and more in this video clip:
David Lowery amazed audiences at Sundance back in 2017 with ”A Ghost Story”, a supernatural drama that he wrote and directed starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Released by A24 after its premiere in Park City, Affleck plays a man who becomes a ghost and remains in the house he shares with his wife (Mara).
Meanwhile, ”George Washington” is a touching portrait of young kids in a depressed rural town. Tragedy strikes when a member of the group dies while playing in an abandoned amusement park. As a result, they have to come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. The film is narrated by one of the children, and follows their struggles to balance their own ambitions and relationships against a tragic lie. ”George Washington” marked David Gordon Green’s feature film debut as a screenwriter, director and producer.
Sunita Mani and John Reynolds appear in “Save Yourselves!” by Alex Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matt Clegg.
To get a sense of what it means to make a zany film like “Save Yourselves!,” check out the following video clip, which features segments of a Q&A with the writers and directors of the Rom-Com, Eleanor Wilson and Alex Huston Fischer:
Now, for a brief overview of the film, which was an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition: The movie is more or less an ode to our tech-obsessed culture, a zany rom-com survivalist tale that follows Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani), a hip Brooklyn couple hooked on technology and unable to unplug from their devices. Fearing their tech addiction is beginning to impact their relationship, the cute pair seize the chance to leave town and stay at an isolated cabin deep in the woods. It’s time to get off the grid and sidestep those Instagram likes—at least for a week.
But their blissful retreat is soon interrupted when Su sneaks a glance at her iPhone, quickly discovering that the planet is under attack. With no life skills to speak of, the couple embarks on a journey to return to civilization…or what’s left of it.
Along the way they discover a baby left behind in a car, making this worst-case scenario an even bitterer pill to swallow.
The aliens featured are probably the cutest beasts seen on screen since those adorable fluffy tribbles populated the Enterprise on “Star Trek”—except these furry little brats (or “Poofs” as Su calls them) lash out with long tentacles to take out unsuspecting victims in one fail swoop.
This is a movie affectionately satirizing modern life and love, but what makes the ride so much fun is watching the chemistry between Reynolds and Mania throughout the adventure, playing a clueless Millennial couple to perfection. Writer-directors Eleanor Wilson and Alex Huston Fischer hit the mark, crafting a hilarious tale that makes us think about putting down our iPhones and going out to live a little.
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