American film festival "Independence"

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Антон Хільман

Producer

21 November 2011

The festival of American movies - "Independence" ended on Sunday, which took place in the "Kiev" cinema and was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with the "Aurora film."
The event was opened by U.S. Ambassador John Tefft.

Since the festival was dedicated to the phenomenon of independent documentary and feature American cinema, its theme sounded accordingly - "Independent films, independent people and independent thinking." Video works selected on the basis of original interpretations of love, politics, religion and society.
The festival program this year included a selection of the most talked about new independent American films.

Each of these works is a vision of the independent filmmakers of the American side of real life in America, which is not often seen in our theaters. Unfortunately, those movies that gather huge audiences at film festivals like the leading independent festivals in the U.S., such as the "Sundance", "South by Southwest" (SXSW), "Tribeca", are not known much in Ukraine.

The festival was opened by a directorial debut of Ukrainian-born, American actress Vera Farmiga’s film "Dark World" (original title "Higher Ground"), which received high praise at the "Sundance".
This link leads to general information about Vera Farmiga http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0267812/
Here you can view the trailer for the film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1562568/
Producer Darren Dean brought his film "Kinyarwanda" to the festival. This work tells the story of people who opposed the genocide in Rwanda. Last year the film received the prize "People's Choice" at the "Sundance."
About Darren Dean http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2608694/
About the film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1572154/

The film The Kids Are All Right is a romantic comedy about a couple of lesbians and their family life it was nominated for four awards by the American Academy. The director of this work is a native of Ukraine Lisa Cholodenko.
About Lisa Cholodenko http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0158966/
About the film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0842926/

The program of documentaries was presented in eight projects. They were demonstrated by their creators Robin Gessman ("My Perestroika"), Marshall Curry ("If a tree falls," "Street Fight"), Roxy Toporovich ("Folk") and Rick Goldsmith, who impressed me the most with his new film, "The most dangerous man in America. "

The American "non-Hollywood" impressed us with its honesty and quality. I recommend viewing the films, which I described. Hopefully in the future, our viewers will be able to enjoy more independent films of American talent.

I want to thank the company "New Day" and the U.S. Embassy for organizing and hosting a wonderful festival of "Independence."