Started by WorldForgot, May 29, 2022, 06:03:37 PM
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Quoten this satirical docu-fiction hybrid, actor-filmmaker Peter Vack (Assholes) decides to re-identify as female to maintain relevance in the art and entertainment world. This horrifies Peter's sister (writer-director Betsey Brown) and makes her spiral deep into a mania of sibling rivalry as she desperately searches for her own artistic voice. A provocative cautionary tale of white cis male fragility and the lengths some will go to keep their seat at the table.
Quote from: Lorry Kikta for Film ThreatRight now is probably the best and worst time to come out with something like this.
QuoteIn addition to the podcast, the Ion Pack have come to be known for shambolic, line-around-the-block parties in New York, Los Angeles and at Art Basel in Miami at impromptu venues. They have organized standing-room-only film screenings, become in-demand moderators, hosts at events promoting films including Ms. Nekrasova's "The Scary of Sixty-First," and involuntary recipients of bitter film-world gossip in their Instagram DMs."They remind me of what I imagine the early 1980s no-wave scene to be like," said the director Eugene Kotlyarenko, who lives in Los Angeles. "Back when N.Y.C. was a place where music and film and art were all interacting in a single scene."[...]Of the Safdies, Mr. Pawley said: "We were making fun of the fandom they had spawned. And the rich New York kids who worshiped them, wanted to be them."Mr. Kotlyarenko recalled the time that he was accused of being the Ion Pack. "Josh Safdie messaged me asking why I was trolling him so hard," he said. "I was like, 'I'm not, but don't you think it's pretty funny?'"Eric Kohn, the executive editor of IndieWire, refused an invite to come on the podcast. A 2017 article in which Mr. Kohn wrote that the Safdie brothers "hacked" their way into Hollywood with "guerrilla filmmaking" was an early Ion Pack meme and became something of a running joke.[...]However, they were asked to organize the festival originally, after being approached by Hadrian Belove, a film programmer whose production company Play Nice financed the festival and is rumored to have some financial investment from Thiel Capital.The pair declined Mr. Belove's offer, though they had agreed to participate in a conversation with the filmmaker Larry Clark ("Kids"), who ultimately had to bow out for health reasons. ("NPC fest loves Ion Pack and tried hard to make something work — but after their guest canceled I think it was all too tenuous for them," Mr. Belove wrote in a text message.)The decision was less a politically motivated stance and more a gut feeling ("cursed" is the word Mr. Rothweiler and Mr. Pawley settled on). They rarely dwell on politics, preferring to fanboy."Their struggle with making work is what's so relatable to listeners," said Betsey Brown, an actress and filmmaker who is a regular listener, and occasional guest, of the pod.Ms. Brown recently released a feature film, "Actors," which she wrote, directed and stars in alongside her brother, Peter Vack, who is a close friend of Mr. Rothweiler and Mr. Pawley.In February, the pair arranged for an "Actors" screening, followed by an Ion Pack-hosted Q. and A., at the Roxy Cinema in TriBeCa. The screening sold out, as did five additional screenings. The success of each event, which Ms. Brown described as "fueled with loving energy," led her to ask Mr. Rothweiler and Mr. Pawley to distribute her film in North America.
QuoteThe review I wrote was scathing, but in a muted, almost defeated way that was the product of a writing process that went on much longer than I had intended. I had left the Roxy Cinema impressed with the importance I seemed to have as a writer, but I didn't realize how much the encounter with Betsey and Peter and the Ion Pack would throw me off in the writing process itself. I spent a lot of time going in circles trying to engage the film on their terms, avoiding the shockingly callous depiction of trans experience and trying to see it as a commentary on "acting and sibling rivalry," explaining away the initial shock and revulsion I felt before I had to swallow it for the encounter with the filmmakers. I realized that they were trying to guilt the New York media class into making this a thing—and since I was even more of a nobody than they were at the time, I almost fell for it by getting wrapped up myopically in trying to prove some point about careerist striving among the bougie art world set. [...]On July 22 I got the prompt from Curtis: "explain what you mean when you call things, particularly art, fascist in 60 seconds or less—in a way that would make sense to a person who doesn't have an MFA"
QuotePeter then turned to Betsey, who was still seated in the middle of the audience, right next to Dasha, who was still in anime girl makeup. He told her to tell me how she really felt about all this, and there was a pause, and then he insisted again. So Betsey turned to face me directly, straight down the row we were both sitting in. This was the peak of the psychedelic horror. Betsey started talking in her creepy baby voice, asking why I had written such mean things about her, saying that she thought we were such good friends after we had talked on the phone, asking why I betrayed her, why I said that her movie was transphobic when it really wasn't transphobic. It was the same uncanny affect that I had said was "interesting" when I was first pressed for my initial take on her movie back in April, and now I could tell that it was hardly "acting" at all. She said that it was because of my review that the Roxy Cinema had cancelled the screenings of her movie.
QuoteNearby, tears began welling up in Honor's eyes, and the cameras then zoomed in on her. She was pressed to tell the crowd how she was feeling. She said that what I had just said had moved her, that when I had said I was so happy and proud of my work she realized she didn't feel the same about her own. I appreciated that she didn't join in the denunciations like the others. This began a transition in the mood of the theater, as if some of the people were starting to realize the true ugliness of what was going on. One of the Ion Pack guys (they were both masked) contributed to the de-escalation, saying that, just as I had been attacking an effigy in my review of Betsey's movie, perhaps the crowd was now attacking an effigy in me. I really don't think I was attacking an effigy in my review, but I appreciated the gesture.
Quote from: WorldForgot on August 04, 2022, 09:37:45 AMAxo, I hope this doesn't come off like me shrugging off whatever might have offended you here but I don't think I trust 'mcrumps.'