February Film Essays

For the last two months, I’ve been writing bi-weekly film essays on the career of Nicolas Winding Refn. Now that I’ve caught up with his career and managed to finish reviewing all of the works in his oeuvre, as well as all available documentaries on his work, I’m moving on to a new theme: Independent American films.

In my last essay on the future for Refn (check it out HERE) I talked a bit about a new website Refn is launching in Spring 2018 called byNWR. He’s using his own funds and the funds of his production company Space Rocket Nation to finance 4K restorations of a number of underground, lost, or rare independent American films including Vol I’s The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, Shanty Tramp, and Hot Thrills and Warm Chills and Vol II’s Night Tide, Spring Night summer Night, and the fire and brimstone films of Estus Pirkle.

So far my search online for these materials has revealed that a few of the titles are not currently available (like Spring Night, Summer Night and The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds)and for those I will have to wait till the site’s launch. But for others (like Shanty Tramp and Hot Thrills) access to un-restored film elements comes easy. For these films as well as black and white American neorealist films like The Exiles (1961) and Killer of Sheep (1979), I’ll be writing thematic essays throughout the month. Expect exploitation films, southern gothic, and indie arthouse.

 

I hope you’ll follow along by watching the films in the series as it begins on Thursday Feb. 1st!

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