“We shot in 16mm – which is an aesthetic choice, but also, the only choice for this film.” – Dustin Guy Defa
Six years have passed since his feature debut Bad Habit (’11), and with his sophomore film we would revisit a vinyl collecting character fiend from his previous Sundance short. Day 2 at the (Library Center) Sundance Film Festival offered us the world premiere for the NEXT section selected Person to Person. Dustin Guy Defa‘s feature film wears its offbeat New York City characters colors and weird shirts proudly.
Defa took the stage with some of his ensemble cast of his actors in Tavi Gevinson, Abbi Jacobson, George Sample III and Bene Coopersmith who plays the irreverent-esque character mentioned above. The Q and A focused on some of the tonal quirks and characteristic quirks of the set piece. Magnolia Pictures landed rights to the picture just after its positive reaction words SXSW showings — Person to Person gets released in theatres today.
Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)