July was a month largely dedicated to our coverage of the Rushes Soho Short Festival, which brought with it a nice mix of discovery and reacquaintance. Bizarre animation also dominated the month with Oben the tale of a mountain climber fighting for his life, All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat) evoking the odder side of British comedy, and Otzi exploring the dark side of time-travel. DN friends returned to us; Leo Bridle with new collaborator Amael Isnard and the impeccably timed Olympic Vermin, Matt Lambert and his visceral promo WAR and our favourite filmmaking brothers, Bill & Turner Ross stopped by to share an epic New Orleans night in Tchoupitoulas. Following last month’s double exciting kickstarter news, July provided an opportunity to help out another DN fave documentary duo, Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper aka. California is the Place, fund their boxing feature T-Rex. We had the emotional wind knocked out of us in heartbreaking drama FRED et marie and were finally at a loss for words when expressing appreciation for Bruno Levy’s coloured forms in the dark, experimental piece SOMA.
MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle