In this all-new monthly column, Film Inquiry will feature some crowdfunding campaign picks from our friends at Seed&Spark. This week’s picks touch on a wide variety of cinematic treats; some are comedic, some are serious, but all are worth your time.
Garden of the Gods
In Garden of the Gods, director Kyle Sullivan works off a script co-written with Katie Boyer in a nuanced take on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado” with a Latinx character in the lead. Marley Gregory notes his character Mike was intriguing because of the “complexity of his madness.” After Felix goes too far, Mike starts to enact his revenge in this modern twist on a horror favorite.
Help fund Garden of the Gods by contributing to its Seed & Spark campaign
Shaina Rose Woolley’s Swoontown goes for a lighter approach that ventures beyond queer tropes in this short featuring representation of non-binary trans people in a comedic romantic adventure with a 1950s aesthetic. Woolley notes that most queer representation cinema deals with tragedy and Swoontown is looking for something different: “We deserve so much more than heartache when it comes to seeing ourselves on screen.”
Find out how to help Swoontown by visiting its Seed&Spark campaign
The Widows Club
The Widows Club from Crystal Avila Floeder is a documentary showing how Mexican widows transform their lives for the better with a monthly support lunch at a Mexican restaurant in the Chicagoland area. Some of their “Ten Commandments to live in Happily in Your Old Age” they strive to follow include do your hair and makeup, keep your friendships alive, and don’t think that everything that happened in the past was better than your present.
Help make The Widows Club a reality by contributing via Seed & Spark
Van Doan’s Analysis Paralysis is a new series on YouTube wrapping up its 1st Season on YouTube based on her real-life experiences living and attending college at Brooklyn College in New York City featuring an Asian-American female filmmaker and an Asian-American male lead. It all started with a short story Doan wrote based on a Vespa by her old apartment: “Ever since I moved in, I’ve never seen the bike move from its spot. So I wrote a short story about this incident with a bit of exaggeration.”
Help fund Analysis Paralysis by contributing to its Seed & Spark campaign
Daughter goes for some good old-fashioned surrealist absurdist drama through a gender-bending lens inspired by Dogtooth and 10 Cloverfield Lane. Written and directed by Corey Deshon, it features a primarily Vietnamese cast and a Black male director. Actor/Producer Vivien Ngô felt its screenplay was important to its Vietnamese American cast because “it did not use the Vietnam War to wholly define us.”
Find out how to help Daughter by visiting its Seed & Spark campaign
Guerrilla: A Visual Album
Guerrilla: A Visual Album features half a dozen original songs from up and coming musical artists from across the country. GianCarlo Lobo writes and directs this thoughtful, honest look at the different stages of Marco’s life. Lobo stresses that its title refers to the “nontraditional, unorthodox, and independent process of making this story.”
Help make Guerrilla: A Visual Album a reality by contributing via Seed&Spark
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