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Beyond Mumblecore: The DIY Generation

June 16, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Mumblecore is a subgenre of independent film that is characterized by low budget production values, amateur actors, and heavily focused on naturalistic dialog.  Mumblecore film signifies a shift in how movies can be made. The term mumblecore was coined by Andrew Bujalski, who is considered the godfather of the movement. The subgenre’s roots are  grounded in DIY spirit compared to any historically Hollywood filmmaking. The term is also sometimes used by critics to call a film amateur. Screen Shot 2013-06-15 at 4.07.31 PM Facets Film School is running a class entitled  Beyond Mumblecore: The DIY Generation this summer. The Facets Film School class aims to break down perpetuated stereotypes by exploring the distinctive styles and approaches  of mumblecore. Taking a close look into how DIY artists managed to influence the mainstream with their raw naturalism and authentic search for new ideas. While these filmmakers are certainly united in their goal to portray truth devoid of contrivance, they each utilize remarkably different techniques, from scripted narratives to pure improvisation; from rugged handheld visuals to meticulously detailed compositions. By taking full advantage of modern technological advances and viral marketing, these fresh-faced visionaries have arguably fulfilled Francis Ford Coppola’s prediction in Hearts of Darkness that “professionalism…will be destroyed” and “movies will become an art form.” The class will screen The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, 1999), Funny Ha Ha (Andrew Bujalski, 2002), Kissing on the Mouth (Joe Swanberg, 2005), Humpday (Lynn Shelton, 2009), Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham, 2010), and Tiger Tail in Blue (Frank V. Ross, 2012). Facets says “Come see why cinema will never be the same again and join the debate on whether this is, in fact, a good thing.” Additionally, special guests will attend selected screening to talk about their films. The summer session class costs $80 for members/ $125 for non-members. The Facets Film School class Beyond Mumblecore: The DIY Generation will take place Monday evenings July 15th- August 19th from 7-10pm at Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago. 

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