Saturday, September 19, 2009

Programmer's Picks: Adam Lubitow

Prodigal Sons - An incredibly powerful and heartbreaking film, Prodigal Sons is without question my favorite of this year's films. I was totally engrossed by the way that director Kimberly Reed's film documents the twists and turns of her journey toward self-acceptance as it collides with her mentally ill brother's feelings of sibling rivalry. Honestly, this film is so unique that I've had trouble describing to people just how good it is. But trust me when I say it's among the best you'll see this year. This film deserves a sell-out audience.

ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction - On the opposite end of the spectrum is this film, which I'm really excited about: a true, no-holds-barred, zombie movie, perfect for the Halloween season. First-time director Kevin Hamedani is obviously a student of George Romero's classic films and as such, he blends the horror with some social commentary that gives the film some added bite (yes, pun intended). ZMD is a hilarious, blood-splattered, eye-gouging horror-comedy that is the best of it's kind since Shaun of the Dead. If there were any justice, the most popular Halloween costume this year would be a weed-wacker and a blood-soaked "I'm With Him" t-shirt.

- Adam Lubitow is a member of the Programming Committee for ImageOut.


Michael G said...

Oh Adam, you beat me to it! Loved your two choices but I was going to write about ZMD as well. Who does not love a gory, bloody, and campy horror movie? I got super excited when I first heard of ZMD but totally fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. It is very rare for a genre film like this to be suitable for a LGBT film festival. So this is truly a great opportunity that people should enjoy -- as long as you don’t mind eye-popping (literally!) zombie action. And dang it, I worked hard to get this one in! Hehe.

Anonymous said...

LOL at "Don't shoot, I'm gay!" Now that should be printed on a shirt.