It’s time again for The Schleicher Spin to put a Spotlight on the Independent Arts.
The goal of this recurring feature is to give exposure to, encourage collaboration with, and provide honest critiques for independent artists. The plan is to feature filmmakers, writers, photographers, painters and musicians. As an independent author, I feel it’s important to support and celebrate those working independently to forge their careers in the arts.
If you are an independent artist interested in having your film, book, music or art considered by The Schleicher Spin for a Spotlight feature, please submit a comment.
Our current entry will focus on the independent Philly-based film, Night Catches Us, currently available on DVD.
Independent Film: Night Catches Us
The Lowdown: A former Black Panther (Anthony Mackie) returns to his Philadelphia neighborhood in 1976 to reconnect with the widow (Kerry Washington) of his friend who was gunned down by police four years earlier.
The Direction: Tanya Hamilton has a good photographer’s eye. Her shots are nicely framed, and her camera movement either slow or static, allowing us to take in all that is in frame…her nicely appointed Philly neighborhoods, well dressed cast and period details. There are a few flourishes (including an animated sequence) and one great scene shot from the eye view of a crouching man trying to evade police where every detail (including fresh lawn clippings and overhanging tree limbs) lingers in the shot. Continue reading