It’s become something of a cliché for a movie to show up at Sundance trumpeting its tiny budget. But while most movies along these lines play like Hollywood audition tapes, a few have showed genuine cinematic vision, none more so than Shane Carruth’s Primer, the source of last week’s quote. Primer was shot for a scant $7,000 (with most of the budget going to pay for 16mm film stock), but like Blair Witch before it, it uses the lo-fi aesthetic imposed by its budget to its advantage, with Carruth setting his film primarily in everyday settings like basements, garages, and storage spaces. More importantly, however, is the fact that Primer is filled to the brim with honest-to-goodness ideas, which are free provided one knows how to use them, and Carruth definitely does. Carruth, a former engineer and self-taught filmmaker, has yet to make another film, but even if he never does, Primer will assure his reputation in the minds of lovers of brainy sci-fi. Congrats to those who guessed it.
With one more week left in the round, I leave you with one final quote:
“Now, alone with my best friend in the world, I have found happiness.”
Name the film. Remember, submit your guesses to this e-Mail address no later than 11:59 PM Eastern on Wednesday. Good luck, and come back next week when I hope to announce a winner.