Sunday, October 10, 2010
Brooklyn's ROYAL FLUSH Festival returns -- with Dan Eberle's new "silent" PRAYER
New York Film Festival closes up shop till next year, Monday, October 11, will see the return to Brooklyn (this time at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg) of the Royal Flush Festival, (named after Royal Flush magazine) with its line-up of, shall we say, not-exactly-mainstream film, music and art. Eclectic, adventuresome and different, Royal Flush events run through October 18 and range from new independent narrative and documentary films (plus plenty of shorts!) to scads of live music (Dungen, The Growlers, Rasputina and more) and in-person appearances from the likes of Rob Zombie (who will making his tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 11 at 6pm at Forbidden Planet in Manhattan). Plus -- are your ready? -- the single 2010 performance of Kaiju Big Battel (billed as the world's only live, monster fighting spectacle -- but really, what would we do with a second one?).
here. The part that most interests TrustMovies, of course, is the fest's brave and bizarre little film program, the likes of which you won't find duplicated anywhere else. Opening night of the RF film series will see the screening of Shan Nicholson's DOWNTOWN CALLING, a documentary narrated by Deborah Harry about the emergence, during New York City's economically downtrodden 1970s, of the new "downtown culture."
While everything on the program sounds worth a watch, one film in particular grabbed my attention because it was made by a relatively new filmmaker named Dan Eberle (shown below and at bottom), whose earlier movie The Local, I had seen and covered last year (that review is here). While I wasn't all that fond of The Local, I did think Eberle exhibited talent as an actor and maybe had possibili-ties as a filmmaker. I am happy to report that his latest, PRAYER TO A VENGEFUL GOD is a much more impressive piece of movie-making. With it, he takes a major risk that, for the most part, pays off.
The Thief is one such -- but it's very rare.)
Paul James Vasquez, above). Then we're in a hospital, flashing back to the scene of an impending murder. Dialog is not necessary here; the lack of it, in fact, increases our suspense while keeping us focused on what's going on visually.
Jennifer Farrugia, shown two photos above), the homeless waif who helps our hero (Jillaine Gill), the nasty drug kingpin, his sleazy underling (Beau Allulli, above). Other than the aforemen-tioned Mr. Vasquez, only the wife's best friend (Leah Rudick, below) torn between responsibility and friendship, having some fun and getting too much, is allowed a character possessing complexity.
Knitting Factory (where all the fest's film programs will screen): Thursday, October 14, at 7pm.