I’m very excited to announce that anyone and everyone will soon be able to view my latest film “Nuclear Family” for FREE and online starting on Sunday June 17th 2012 (exactly 1 year from its last public screening). “Nuclear Family” is a film that has been a long road for me starting all the way back in August 2009 when I began to draft characters, summer 2010 when I wrote the script, Dec 2010-Jan 2011 when we shot the film, March 2011 when it screened for the first time publicly, and now, finally, June 2012: when it will finally be viewable online for anyone and everyone to see and share.
You might be wondering what has gone on with the film for the past ENTIRE YEAR since it was last seen publicly. Over the past year I have submitted Nuclear Family to 13 (unlucky, I know) Film Festivals across the US. During this process, its common practice to not let your film be publicly seen in case it does get accepted into a film festival. They want to have your ‘premiere’. Well, recently I heard back from the last one, and after 12 rejection letters, the 13th one didn’t really feel so bad. In fact, what I now feel most bad about is holding this film hostage on my computer for an entire year. It is a film I’m extremely proud of, and I don’t make films so that they can sit on my hard drive at home. I make films to share them with as many people as possible.
As a director, there’s a lot of control you have in making a film. One thing you can’t control is if your film will please the judges of film festivals and subsequently get a film festival run. In many ways, it can be luck of the draw. I’ve focused so much on getting the film seen by this abstract “them” (all the people who attend film festivals) that I’ve forgotten about “you”.
In the interest of keeping the sappiness level of this post somewhat low, I will sum up what I’m trying to say in a nutshell: I care about you. If you are reading this right now then you are supporting independent filmmaking and I want you to see this film and be able to share it with whomever you want. Love it or hate it, If you have any desire to see it, you should be able to.
Thank you for your support, and I sincerely hope you enjoy it. Check back on Sunday to watch “Nuclear Family”.
Tim Burton films seem to usually fall into one of two categories: dark and twisted fun, and “dark” and “twisted” but actually just safe family-friendly fun. Dark Shadows actually feels like it’s the first of his films to capture the spirit of both. It turns out to be a moderately entertaining but ultimately comprised experience.
Despite this being YET ANOTHER re-telling / re-imagining of dated source material (seriously Tim, you used to be so good at giving us great original stories. what happened?) It actually has the feeling of his original work from the 90s. In fact, for the first act, it firmly holds up the twisted dark comedy of some of his best and classic films like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. Offering a classic fish out of water misunderstanding setup (OMG he’s a 17th century vampire stuck in the 1970s! Hes never seen a TV before! That’s wack!) proves to still be material that Burton grasps the best, and still makes it good fun despite the somewhat predictable setup.
The disconnect comes later once the film zooms out from its wonderfully quirky characters to reveal the pretty boring situations they are actually in. The film ends up climaxing with police standoffs, transformations, fire, and explosions to ensure its audience will finish their extra-large popcorn and walk out of the theater high on an “epic” conclusion.
There’s certainly some great moments in Dark Shadows that are wonderfully reminiscent of a time that Burton films were strange without the overwhelming sense of Hollywood breathing down his neck. Unfortunately, it becomes a little hard by the end of the film to shake the feeling that he’s still compromising to make sure the film is a box office hit and that the shirts can be sold in Hot Topic.