It makes total sense that Brent Green would travel all the way to Portugal and only return with sand in his luggage and a few pictures of faulty streetlamp wiring (pictured)! Regardless, his time at Indie Lisboa seemed incredible! After perusing the catalog of films and listening to his tales of hotels with film themed rooms and the company of incredible film makers and journalists all with the festival theme being a big giant black bird, I realized I seriously should have gone to Lisbon! Brent was only there for a day or two so he only had time for one screening, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (trailer below) which he really loved and which I just read won best feature at this years fest! Congratulations!
He hung out a bit with the director of the film, Marie Losier, even sharing a seat next to her on a plane after a feisty woman tried punching at Marie's chair if it showed even an idea of reclining prompting her to switch seats next to Brent out of fear, and Brent's description of her wit and wonder makes me want to see all of her work! Especially since she specializes in films about other filmakers who have paved the way for today's independent cinema, including such a roster as George & Mike Kuchar, Guy Maddin and Tony Conrad! Can't wait to see her films! The collection of talent and strange programming choices of IndieLisboa all projecting on the beachside town makes me dream of the sea while watching the finest in independent media...sigh...what a wonderful sounding fest! I know I can't re-create this experience but, fortunately, it seems a lot of the elements that made this fest so great will reconvene at The New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland this summer- a place Brent and, most assuredly I, will be making it to this July! A big hand again for Marie and for the expertly run film festival IndieLisboa! Applause applause!