America goes indie — Spectrum section at 10th AFF

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15 features will compete for the award at 10th American Film Festival

Another hallmark of American Film Festival is the Spectrum section which presents the work of directors who contribute to contemporary American indie cinema. Spectrum proves that there is movie-life outside of Hollywood—away from business plans of major studios. During this year's jubilee edition of AFF, we will present 15 features which will compete for a $ 10,000 prize funded by BNY Mellon. 

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Urszula Śniegowska, the artistic director of 10th American Film Festival, talks about the Spectrum section

The Spectrum section is the soul of AFF and the heart of independent American film. For 10 years, we have been presenting films of young filmmakers who drew our attention at independent film festivals in United States, such as Sundance (Light From Light by Paul Harrill, To the Stars by Martha Stephens), and are the most recent discoveries. The winners of the SXSW in Austin, Texas (Saint Frances by Alex Thompson) and TriBeCa (Burning Cane from the youngest director in history, the seventeen-year-old Phillip Youmans) are essential for the Spectrum section. We will also show films of young American artists presented in Cannes (Bull by Annie Silverstein) and Mickey and the Bear by Annabelle Attanasio), Venice (Lingua Franca by Isabel Sandoval), Toronto and San Sebastian (The Giant by David Raboy).

More than half of the movies from the Spectrum section were directed by women. Many films are made by debutants (Lost Transmissions by Katharine O’Brien who previously worked as scriptwriter and editor, as well as shot several short films), but there are a few made by experienced directors that are largely unknown in Poland (Hilary Brougher, the author of South Mountain and Paul Shulberg, director of Ms. White Light). We’re also promoting the graduates of our USinProgress program—from both Paris and Wrocław editions (Once Upon a River by Haroula Rose and Lingua Franca).

Aesthetically speaking, the Spectrum competition is the most diverse of all AFF sections. We will find here the satirical Frances Ferguson by Bob Byington, the Lynchian, mysterious The Wall of Mexico (by Polish-born Magda Zyzak and Zachary Cotler), but also the realistic and poetic Lost Bayou by Brian Miller Richards. Most of them will be introduced in Wroclaw by directors or producers.

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