Selling Fridges to Eskimos; Alistair Banks Griffin’s “Snow The Jones” Receives Coin

Alistair Banks Griffin Snow The Jones

He made his splash on the Croisette (2010′s Directors’ Fortnight) with the exquisite, almost dialogue-less Two Gates of Sleep (Brady Corbet and David Call pairing) and now comes word/confirmation that filmmaker Alistair Banks Griffin has two projects in the works. His Therese was part of the 2013 Berlinale Residency (names such as Sebastián Lelio and the talented Elina Psykou also had projects) and Snow The Jones just received coin (which takes care of rent and filling up the fridge for a good year) in the shape of the 2013 San Francisco Film Society/Hearst Screenwriting Grant which was voted on by Tom Grievson (SFFS director of communications), filmmakers Ian Hendrie and Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance) and Michele Turnure-Salleo (SFFS director of Filmmaker360).

Gist: Snow The Jones is about a teenage vagabond who joins a door-to-door sales crew and discovers. It is described as “an experiential trip into a dark side of the American dream and a lost young girl looking for a place to belong.”

Worth Noting: Part of the Borderline Films tribute, Two Gates of Sleep was recently shown at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Do We Care?: Among our American New Wave 25 talents to watch out for, it certainly bodes well for the filmmaker – Screen Daily mentions that “the jury chose Snow the Jones due to its strong script pages and great potential in revealing an unexplored facet of the shadowy side of American commerce.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film 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 Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)