“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 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).