That’s a wrap!
Everybody with a camcorder and a vague plot idea claims to be a filmmaker these days. Not a month goes by without someone calling the editorial department to tell us about an amazing homemade movie that’s going to be bigger than anything Tarantino ever did—just as soon as the “filmmaker” actually gets around to writing the script, of course. But hey, the camera’s already paid for, so how about a story?
Professionals know the proof is in the product. Can you develop an idea, assemble a cast, shoot and edit a film, arrange a screening and get it out to the public? This weekend, Sacramento filmmaker Bryan Darling proves he can do just that—again.
Darling had his local cinematic debut when his short film Lily was selected for the 2003 Sacramento Film and Music Festival. This Saturday night, Darling returns to Midtown movie screens with the premiere of his new short film, Listless. In contrast to the B-movie themes explored by many of this town’s independent filmmakers, Darling’s work tends to avoid serial killers, prostitutes and monsters of the flesh-eating variety. Shot entirely in downtown Sacramento, Listless tells the story of a directionless young man’s life-changing encounter with a female photographer. (The movie’s trailer, though filled with beautifully lit black-and-white scenes of pensive acting, doesn’t give away much. However, there is a warning about brief nudity and sexual content on the flier.)
The film will play twice, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. In between, there will be DJ music from Roger Carpio, organic snacks from The Bitchin’ Kitchen and live music by hillbilly-angst pop outfit Ain’t Betty. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Lotus Salon, located at 2114 P Street. Admission is $10. Listless DVDs and Ain’t Betty EPs will be sold for $5 each. Call (916) 519-1054 for more information.