Terel Gibson is the editor of Toy’s House which is playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at this year’s fest.
Here’s the synopsis:
Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank’s, attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio and announces that they are going to build a house there—free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods.
Gibson is today’s guest blogger and he was kind enough to share some of his favorite films and how they inspired him to pursue a career in film.
The 90’s were an amazing to time to be a college student and avid movie fan. Every Sunday, my friends and I would embark on our weekly ritual: seeing every film we could cram into the day. It was a great escape from the usual weekend routine. During this time, Miramax was the undisputed heavyweight champion of great movies, a sort of Blue Note Records for film. This was undoubtedly the most formative or better yet trans-formative time in my movie going life. There are so many great films, it makes it hard to choose my favorites. But, here are two films that inspired me to choose my path in the film business.
This film blew me away. A documentary feel makes it impossible to tell yourself “it’s just a movie.” There is a transcendent experience when craft and execution become completely invisible. From an editing standpoint, the final act is a wonderful example of the power of inter-cutting. The juxtaposition of Jennie’s attempt to track down Tele and Tele’s attempt to track down his latest “conquest” is one the most intense sequences I’ve ever seen. We walked out of theatre completely stunned.
This film holds up to the ultimate litmus test. If you come across it on cable on late night on a Wednesday, do you watch it? Or do you go to bed? With the knowledge that a good night sleep is more important than watching a movie you’ve seen a hundred times. Resistance is futile…it’s going to be a late one. Aside from the fact that it is ridiculously funny, it’s also a great piece of storytelling. A great depiction of everything I care about in a movie. Story and character is never subordinate to style. Really raw and human. Infinitely quotable and with a Woody Allen-esque ending that’s surprisingly resonant.
Both of these films share a common thread. They take the “coming of age” archetype and find a new way in. In many ways these films have shaped the types of films I gravitate towards today. Toy’s House is a prime example: a non-traditional approach to a traditional genre. When you look back on your childhood, great films offer the chance to reflect on your own life experience, especially when that experience is brutally honest, difficult, dark, and utterly hilarious at the same time.
The Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27 in Park City, Utah.
Thanks to our Guest Blogger, Terel Gibson. Next up: Meet Milan Chakrobarty, producer of the feature film, The Lifeguard.