DCFF ’12: Festival Best Doc Calls for Real American ‘Bailout’

All of us gamble everyday and when we lose, we lose. But when banks gamble? Well, that’s different. With previous projects taking him to Lebanon and South Sudan, Director Sean Fahey was by no means a stranger to tragedy. And yet never expected find it so readily, both down the street and across the country. The story of what he describes as the, “ghettoizing of our entire nation,” alongside the hopelessness left in its wake, ‘Bailout’ is not just a portrait of greed but also a flesh-and-blood accounting of the victims. Equal parts booze-fueled road-trip, heart-torquing exposé and jaw-grinding indictment of corporate corruption, the 2012 Derby City Film Festival Best Documentary explores the lives of Americans, “in all stages of being screwed by Wall Street,” while detailing a coherent and painfully understandable argument for how and why it both originated and persists. Fahey jokes that sometimes the weight is such that he wishes he could, “go back a year and just take the blue pill,” but ultimately asserts that, “Wall Street can’t lose unless we do something about it.”


DCFF ’12: Louisvillians Nab Best Feature Alongside Sci-fi Legend

Only six years removed from cutting their cinematic teeth on spoof trailers of films like ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Gladiator’ for their high school morning newscast, Louisville-natives Scooter Downey and Sean Elliot have realized a lifelong dream. A five-year labor of love not only seen to fruition but done with such apparent success, and on their own terms, Derby City Film Festival director Kristofer Rommel said of the pair’s debut feature, “‘It’s in the Blood’ is scary good. It’s just icing on the cake that these guys are from Kentucky.” Racking up huge honors at the 4th annual festival, with both Best Feature Film and Sean Elliot for Best Actor (as well as a Lifetime Achievement award for legendary co-star Lance Henriksen), Downey and Elliot have come a long way. And yet it’s all the more sweet that the two were able to first come home to be crowned kings.


DCFF ’12: Ride the Slipstream with Alex Gaynor’s ‘Wid Winner’

Writer/Director and native Kentuckian Alex O. Gaynor sees his latest as a merging of two completely separate universes extant in his life (that of Hollywood and that of Bluegrass), and the drifting, dynamically creatively, unabashedly dreaming space between a mirror of his own personal journey.


DCFF ’12: Serafini Braves New Roads with ‘Johnny’s Gone’

With previous cinematic credits including a Wesley Snipes action romp and plenty of european television, veteran writer/director Giorgio Serafini might seem an unlikely face behind an indie-film festival breakout. But his latest effort is exactly that. Inspired and informed by his family’s own tragic loss, Serafini says that ‘Johnny’s Gone’ has fundamentally changed him as a filmmaker, and in the process took cast & crew on an unforgettably intimate journey, both on-screen and off.


DCFF ’12: ‘On Our Radar’ Festival Preview Part 2

The second installment of our Derby City Film Festival preview, with looks at ‘Znikniecie’, ‘Bailout’, ‘Holding the Line’ and ‘Employee of the Month’. Now just days away and with 56 films to choose from it’s only natural to feel a bit overwhelmed. No worries. We’ve got the hookup.


DCFF ’12: ‘Below Zero’ Filmmakers Signe Olynyk and Bob Schultz

Method-writer Signe Olynyk had an idea for a story about a man locked in a meat freezer but a serious case of writer’s block. Her next step would have been completely obvious to just about no one. She locked herself in a meat freezer and came out five days later with a fully formed script.


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With as intense of a stare as ever, Henriksen has still got it.

DCFF ’12: Scifi Legend now a Lifetime Achiever

News comes today from Derby City Film Festival’s Kristofer Rommel and company that industry veteran and science fiction legend Lance Henriksen is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s festival. Full details after the jump.