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American New Wave 25: Braden King

I can safely make the mention that, my next profiled filmmaker will premiere his feature film debut somewhere between Venice/TIFF of this year all the way up to Sundance/Berlin/Cannes of next. Filmmaker Braden King has so many other endeavours occupying his time that it’s not wonder that HERE, a project first conceived around 2005 is now beginning to see the light…and is producing some offspring of its own.

I can safely make the mention that, my next profiled filmmaker will premiere his feature film debut somewhere between Venice/TIFF of this year all the way up to Sundance/Berlin/Cannes of next. Filmmaker Braden King has so many other endeavours occupying his time that it’s not wonder that HERE, a project first conceived around 2005 is now beginning to see the light…and is producing some offspring of its own. King recently featured a “deconstruction” of his film at a MoMA event called Here [The Story Sleeps] and in a recent profile for IndieWIRE, mentioned that he is keen on developing the project further (think a more accessible Peter Greenaway). Before I get into King’s bio, what is impressive about the project (and worth mentioning) is the incredible, almost abnormal, who’s who amount of support it has received: Creative Capital Foundation (2005), IFP/No Borders (2005), Rotterdam’s Cinemart Producer’s Lab (2007), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2007), Sundance Institute (Directors and Screenwriters Labs of 2007), Rockefeller/Renew Media/Tribeca Film Institute Fellowship (2008), Sundance/NHK Int. Filmmakers Award (2008) and Cannes Film Festival Atelier (2008).

American New Wave 25: Braden King IONCINEMA.com

Between his 1998 debut doc Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks Its Back, 2009’s Home Video (a Lunchfilms’ project filmed on Beta) and documentary film Homeland: The Story of the Lark (co-released with Laurie Anderson’s new album), King has been thriving by working on different formats (avant-garde work in photography, on installation pieces and music). This kind of deviance towards a more experimental sense of storytelling and visual and aural aesthetic, almost guarantees that this shot in Armenia, road trip romantic encounter will be of a different nature – one that truly explores the senses. See for yourself.

 

Photo Credit: Sergo Ustian

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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