Samm Levine

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Typically the films spotlighted in our Fund This Film column are found on Kickstarter or Indiegogo. This week, I’ve found a project to share that is conducting its crowdfunding efforts through the lesser-known site RocketHub. By “I’ve found,” I should point out that I was made aware of the film by a hometown acquaintance with a minor onscreen role, via his Facebook page. It’s a small connection that has even less bearing on my decision to showcase the project than the fact that Freaks and Geeks actor Samm Levine co-stars (he is the one cast member of that show who really needs to be in more stuff), but I like to offer full disclosure. The film in need is titled Sidewalk Traffic, and it’s written and directed by Anthony L. Fisher, whose past work on the short Reason TV documentary Abandoned in Guatemala: The Failure of International Adoption and the Groundhog Day-ish short comedy Bed Head can be watched online (here and here). In addition to Levine, it features Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse), MTV’s Kurt Loder and comedians Tom Shillue (Mystery Team), Dave Hill and Jordan Clifford (the guy I know). In the lead role is Johnny Hopkins (Kick-Ass), who plays a struggling filmmaker who has just become a father. Another relative unknown, Erin Drake, plays the female lead, I’m assuming his wife.

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It would make sense that a film co-directed by Amber Benson, known best for her role as Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, would be absolutely adorable. As is true with babies and films alike, adorable human beings create adorable offspring. But there’s more to this story — that of the science fiction comedy Drones — more than just the offbeat cuteness of comedy and workplace romance. There’s also aliens and Earth-obliterating stakes, wonderfully quirky performances and plenty of epic Power Point presentations. Executed with simplicity and smarts, Drones is just the sort of refreshing fair that makes all of the blood and guts of Fantastic Fest easy to stomach for those of us who lack intestinal fortitude.

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Inglorious Bastards

Congratulations, Mr. Tarantino! We officially think this whole Inglorious Bastards thing is one big prank. Call us when you cast Larry the Cable Guy as Luftwaffe Commander #9.

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