A few weeks ago, I headed excitedly up to Boston for the 2015 Boston Underground Film Festival. I didn't know what to expect because of the secretive nature of so many events and after parties and the eclectic slate of films in the lineup. Also their awesome Bacchus Award trophy.
I was blown away. This is one of the best festivals I have been to. I had an amazing time in Boston and saw so many great films like Excess Flesh, I Am a Knife with Legs, and Punk Bitch!. The Q+A's were awesome and Bennett Jones the star, writer, and director of I am a Knife with Legs, even came out on stage as his French character, Bené, and played a live show from songs of the film.
And.... we got our FIRST CRITIC REVIEW! This was surreal and amazing to get a critic's take on the film. I've printed the review below. you can also check out the other reviews from the festival here.
"Tumble Dry Low"
* * * ½ (out of four)
Seen 26 March 2015 in the Brattle Theatre (Boston Underground Film Festival: Hoping for Something Else, digital)
This was easily my favorite short of this group and not just because it has one cute little moppet at the center. Director Jefferson Stein does a truly impressive job of using imagery to tell the story of this fractured family, from how isolated their trailer is (the lack of a vast reinforcing that yes, their financial situation is pretty dire) to the tellingly scorched family portrait at the end. It's not pointedly dialogue-free, in that people do talk and one never gets the feeling that this is something Stein has actively worked to avoid, but it's a fine job of telling the story with imagery and actions.
It's a simple sorry he tells, a father and daughter both overcome by sadness, one unable to comprehend it and the other all too well-aware of what he's going through. That simplicity is not any sort of mark against it, though, and it's a well-earned bit of emotion.