Indie Watch: Kabluey
In last week’s installment of Indie Watch, I introduced you to “Visioneers,” a incredibly promising movie about people exploding that has yet to get picked up by a distribution company. Well, put on your happy faces, loyal Movie Chutzpah readers — this week’s news is much better for you and for independent film making.
At last year’s (that’s right, it took over a year for this little gem to get noticed) Los Angeles Film Festival, rave reviews poured from several excited movie critics, some describing it as a “great movie,” “a charming, pointed comedy” and a “genuine find.”
Then, sadly but familiarly, the film and all the buzz surrounding pretty much died after the festival circuit. Well, today is a proud day for independent films, my friend, “Kabluey” will be shown in theaters, albeit just a few of them, and released on DVD this coming September.
Currently being shown in both New York and Los Angeles, the rest of the release schedule is as follows:
- End of July: Austin
- August: San Francisco and Portland
That’s it — I know it’s bittersweet information. I know it would be great to see this movie get the “Juno” treatment, playing in every movieplex from coast-to-coast. That’s obviously and unrealistic vision. So I say this to you all: If you live in one of those regions, take advantage of the film’s time in your city and go help out a little indie film by seeing it on the big screen. And for those of you who don’t, search high and low for the DVD, because I really think it will be a worthy purchase.
Here’s a brief synopsis from imdb:
A jittery bundle of uncertainty, Salman is the last person his sister-in-law Leslie wants to turn to for support. But with a husband in Iraq, two unbelievably unruly kids underfoot, and the fear of losing her benefits if she doesn’t return to work, she’s got no choice. So when Salman arrives on her doorstep, willing to help but woefully ill-equipped, he’s less her salvation than a personification of everything that’s gone wrong with her life. As the situation at home worsens, Salman lands a job at a moribund dot-com as their giant blue corporate mascot and soon discovers that having a secret identity – even a ridiculously impractical one – has its advantages.
If you read my last edition of Indie Watch, you know that I go on to list the key reasons why I’m really excited to see this flick; I’ve got three of ’em this week.
I’m a sucker for long, sweeping shots, especially long, sweeping shots of the countryside. This movie looks very visually stunning — then you add the bright blue man that basically contradicts the natural landscape we’re seeing, and I really can’t wait to see the movie as a whole.
The trailer has a number of great, picturesque shots involving the blue suit in the middle of nowhere. Although I’m not exactly sure why he’s out in the middle of nowhere (I guess I’ll have to wait for the DVD), the scenery makes for some really beautiful camera work. This is an aspect of film that I think is sorely missing in a lot of Hollywood stuff nowadays.
2. Social Commentary
Just because this is a quirky comedy doesn’t mean it can’t make a statement, and it sounds like this one’s going to. What happens to the family behind the man that gets shipped off to Iraq? Well, in this, we’ll get a chance to find out. This is the type of message that I want to see more of from our films; We tend to glorify going to war as something valiant and noble, but no one ever really sits down and thinks about what happens to the people you leave behind. It’s a poignant idea to bring to the big screen, and hopefully this film can open a few discussions about the Iraq War.
3. Are you kidding? Giant mascots are awesome.
I think the picture to the right more than speaks for itself — it’s not from the movie, but it helps make my point: Mascots are hilarious. And if I ever become rich enough to own a sports team (which pretty much seems inevitable at this point, because I’m pretty great), I’m hiring Kabluey to dance around and bring everyone in the stands general merriment at every single one of my team’s games.
That’s it from Indie Watch this week — if you have a film you’d like to see spotlighted in a future Indie Watch segment, suggestions and such are always welcome.
Oh, and don’t take my word for the potential that “Kabluey” has. Check out the awesome trailer below: