Diabolique International Film Fest Starts with Proxy

I can remember when, if one thought of Indiana, one thought of basketball and cornfields — and maybe the Indianapolis 500.  So now we’re the host, approximately seven blocks from my house, of the Diabolique International Film Festival over this weekend, Thursday through Saturday, “presented by DIABOLIQUE MAGAZINE, the fastest growing publication in the world dedicated to genre cinema.”  How far we have come!

To further quote from the program book:  “The festival began eight years ago as the Dark Carnival Film Festival.  Since 2007 it has presented over 250 films from more than a dozen countries, and hosted visiting filmmakers from around the world.  The festival has been recognized by MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE as one of the ‘Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,’ and one of the ’13 Horror Film Festivals to Die For.’”

I just got home a few minutes after midnight, Friday morning, from the opening feature, PROXY.  It’s one that starts brutally with a pregnant woman attacked and beaten on her way home from a checkup.  She loses the baby, but later on makes a new friend in a grief support group — but then some things stProxy2013filmposterart not to add up.  And then the film takes a new direction, and then another. . . .  Deception upon deception — which is reality and which a fantasy?  As the director himself had said, it’s “a film that works best if you don’t know too much about it beforehand,” but I’ll give two hints.  It is, throughout, a film about psychological comings to terms with things.  And the title is what it is for a reason.

There was a question/answer session afterward with Director Zack Parker, originally himself from Indiana — with the movie also having been filmed primarily in Richmond, on the Ohio border (then adding to the Indiana connection, Parker admitted the boy, Peyton, in the film was deliberately named for one-time Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, a popular name locally at about the time the boy would have been born).  Other highlights:  that he had spent four or five years in Los Angeles, and even worked once with Roger Corman (cf. March 30, below), but it’s much cheaper to actually make one’s films away from LA; his methods for casting (a prospect’s attitude and whether he or she seems to “get” what the director’s trying to do with a film counts more than the audition); his creative method of thinking first about what kind of movie he wants to make, then coming up with a story to fit it; and the rather dark roles of the women in this picture as a breaking away from “typical” female parts.

Friday evening will bring three features by horror director Ti West, of which I will hope to watch all three (I have a pass that’s good for the whole weekend) but may only have stamina enough for two.  Then Saturday afternoon and night will be taken up by blocks of short films, of which I will hope to get to the later, more intensive screenings.  During the day, though, I also have a monthly meeting of my writers group.

For those interested, more on the Diabolique International Film Festival can be found here.

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