By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

FACTORY 25 ANNOUNCES THE FACTORY 200 SERIES: EARLY FILMS BY SOME OF THE BEST DIRECTORS IN THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT SCENE

FACTORY 25 ANNOUNCES THE FACTORY 200 SERIES: EARLY FILMS BY SOME OF THE BEST DIRECTORS IN THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT SCENE

Brooklyn, NY  – Factory 25 announces their new Factory 200 series of early films by some of the best American independent filmmakers of today including Funny Ha Ha by Andrew Bujalski (ResultsComputer Chess), We Go Way Back by Lynn Shelton (Your Sisters SisterLaggiesOutside In), Vacation by Zach Clark (Little SisterWhite Reindeer), Exit Elena by Nathan Silver (Thirst Street), First Winter by Benjamin Dickinson (Creative Control), Gabi on the Roof in July by Lawrence Michael Levine (Wild Canaries), See You Next Tuesday by Drew Tobia and the SXSW winning film The Arbalest by Albert Pinney. The films will all be available digitally via iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Vimeo and select titles on Sundance Now and Fandor. In addition to the new titles added to the Factory 25 catalog, a new 4K scan of Impolex by Alex Ross Perry (The Queen of EarthListen Up Philip) that was previously available on The Color Wheel DVD, will be available exclusively on Filmstruck on November 2nd.

Factory 25 opens the series with four titles available digitally today including Andrew Bujalski’s 2004 The Spirit Award Winner, Funny Ha Ha, 2010’s Gabi on the Roof in July featuring Sophia Takal, Amy Seimetz and Lena Dunham, 2012’s Tribeca Film Festival premiering First Winter and Lynn Shelton’s 2006 Slamdance award winner We Go Way Back. Funny Ha Ha will be available on Blu-ray for the first in a limited edition book/dvd set with essays by Chuck Klosterman, Tao Lin, with exlusive photos and sketches by actress Kate Dollenmayer.

The Factory 200 series continues on November 21st with the Nathan Silver’s 2013’s Exit Elenaand the Drew Tobia’s 2014 award winning See You Next Tuesday, followed by November 28threleases of Zach Clark’s 2011 Vacation! and the 2016 SXSW winning film The Arbalest.

The Films:

 

FUNNY HA HA

Catalog No.: FTF-200 | 
Out Digitally: October 27th, 2017 and on Blu-ray on November 15th | 
Director: Andrew Bujalski | Length: 89 Minutes
 | Year: 2005

Funny Ha Ha rocked me. I didn’t know that you were allowed to do things like that. It was amazing to me.
– Lena Dunham, Director

 

“One of the most influential movies of the ‘00s”

– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

 

Now Available Digitally:
iTunes l SundanceNow l Amazon l VuduGoogle Play l Fandor l Microsoft

 

Limited Edition 52 page book/Blu-Ray Available now for pre-order (shipping Nov 15th):
Order now for $30: 

 

Book Contents: Essay by Chuck Klosterman, Essay by Tao Lin, Original Production & Behind the Scenes Stills and Sketches by Kate Dollenmayer

Blu-Ray Contents: The Film, Puppy Time (short film), “Creature Feature” Intro with Andrew Bujalski and Alex Karpovsky and never before seen original experimental title sequence

 

Synopsis
Marnie is 23, and drifts through “Funny Ha Ha,” Andrew Bujalski’s critically acclaimed debut feature, in search of romance and employment. The film’s conversations sound improvised and the narrative rhythms appear loose and ambling as it paints a deft group portrait of recent college graduates-Marnie’s friends, co-workers and would-be lovers. But this scruffiness is a bit deceptive, as the film has both a subtle, delicate shape and a point. By the end of the film, Bujalski proves to be one of America’s most acute and intelligent young dramatists, utilizing 16mm film to probe and reveal the curious facts and stubborn puzzles of contemporary life.

 

Starring : Kate Dollenmayer, Christian Rudder, Jennifer L. Schaper, Myles Paige, Marshall Lewy, Lissa Patton Rudder, Andrew Bujalski, Justin Rice, Victoria Häggblom, Vanessa Bertozzi

 

Written, Directed and Edited by Andrew Bujalski; Produced by Ethan Vogt; Cinematography by Matthias Grunsky


WE GO WAY BACK

Catalog No.: FTF-202| Released digitally: October 27th, 2017 | 
Director: Lynn Shelton | Length: 79 Minutes
 | Year: 2006

 

“A gentle survey of the chasm between youthful dreams and adult reality.”
– Jeannette Catsoulis , The New York Times

 

Now Available Digitally:
iTunes l Amazon l Vudu l Google Play l YouTube Red l Microsoft & more

 

Synopsis

Lynn Shelton’s debut feature draws on her past as a stage actress but WE GO WAY BACK is no autobiographical drama. Kate (Amber Hubert) is a struggling actress who has given up her happiness and her sense of self for her career. That is until she finds a stash of letters written when she was a thirteen year old girl full of confidence and creativity and ambition. Plunged into depression, her younger self (Maggie Brown) infiltrates her dreams. What could have been a disconcerting bend in time and space and identity is instead played as a compassionate character piece and an act of healing. Beautifully shot on 35mm by Ben Kasulke (who made his debut as a cinematographer on the film).

Cast: Amber Hubert, Maggie Brown, Kate Bayley, Aaron Blakely, Sullivan Brown, Sean Cook, Alycia Delmore, Basil Harris, Russell Hodgkinson, Nathan Graham Smith, Evan Whitfield

Written and Directed by Lynn Shelton; Produced by A.J. Epstein and Peggy Case; Music by Laura Viers

Cinematography by Ben Kasulke


GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY

Catalog No.: FTF-201 | Out Digitally: October 27th, 2017 | 
Director: Lawrence Michael Levine| 
Length: 101 Minutes
| Year: 2010

 

“Levine deploys a poised eye and witty dialogue that sticks like a needle left sitting on a cushion…Wisely observant of human nature as it bounces between the leads, “Gabi” evokes Woody Allen with a more generous heart (and a lot more casual nudity).”
– Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

 

Now Available Digitally:
iTunes l SundanceNow l Amazon l Vudu l Google Play l Microsoft & more

 

Synopsis
A portrait of young New York and the misguided hopefuls who can’t afford to live there but do anyway, Gabi on the Roof in July is an ensemble comedy about ex-girlfriends, sibling rivalry and whipped cream set in a city that’s constantly in flux. Gabi, a rambunctious Oberlin undergrad, heads to New York City to spend the summer with her older brother, Sam, seeking solidarity in the wake of her parents divorce. When she gets there, she finds Sam too busy juggling women and too irked by her provocative antics and almost constant nudity to give her the guidance she needs. In an effort to get Sam’s attention, Gabi seduces his free-loving, freeloading college buddy, only to find she’s in over her head.

 

Cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Brooke Bloom, Louis Cancelmi, Kate Lyn Sheil, Amy Seimetz and Lena Dunham

 

Directed by Lawrence Michael Levine; Written by Lawrence Michael Levine and Kate Kirtz; Produced by Sophia Takal; Edited by Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley; Cinematography byAaron Kovalchik

Music by Kevin Barker & Carrituck Co.


FIRST WINTER
Catalog No.: FTF-202 | 
Out Digitally: October 24th, 2017 | 
Director: Benjamin Dickinson | Length: 90 Minutes
 | Year: 2012

 

“Visually Stunning…A stark metaphysical parable that contemplates the superficiality and fragility of modern civilization…It haunted me the first time I saw it and even more so the second time.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

 

Now Available:
iTunes l Amazon l Vudu l GooglePlay l YouTube Red l Microsoft & more

 

Synopsis
During a winter of record-breaking cold, a blackout of apocalyptic proportions strands a group of Brooklynites in a remote country farmhouse. At first, it’s a party: drugs, sex, and yoga. Alpha male yoga instructor, PAUL is involved with JEN and SAM who compete for his attention to the dismay of frustrated, drug addict MATT. But as the days go on and the food supply dwindles, the group begins to turn against one another and is forced into a confrontation with their mortality. MARIE, who also has a history with PAUL, arrives at the house seeking shelter but finds her strength and leadership in demand as the group unravels and the need for survival kicks in.

 

Written/Directed by Benjamin Dickinson; Produced by Mark De Pace, Zachary Mortensen, Lindsay Burdge, Benjamin Dickinson; Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra

 

Cast: Paul Manza, Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Kim, Samantha Jacober, Matthew Chastain, Kate Lyn Sheil, Jaffe Zinn, Haruka Hashimoto and Benjamin Dickinson.


EXIT ELENA
Catalog No.: FTF-204 | Out Digitally: November 21, 2017 | 
Director: Nathan Silver | 
Length: 72 minutes
 | Year: 2013
“Silver locates the ordinary madness bubbling just beneath the surface of his own life, and flickers of lunacy abound.”
-The Village Voice

“An exquisite gem of a movie.”
-Filmmaker Magazine

Synopsis

With no place to call home, 19-year-old Elena takes a job as a live-in aide. She finds herself thrust into the middle of a family in crisis: all the things that go on between a father, grandmother, mother, and cat. Eventually, Elena strikes something of a balance though… That is, until the prodigal son returns home. Placing fictional characters alongside real people, ‘Exit Elena’ is shot with all the rough edges inherent to family life and home movie form.

Cast: Kia Davis, Cindy Silver, Nathan Silver

Directed and Produced by Nathan Silver; Written by Nathan Silver and Kia Davis; Cinematography by David Dahlbom


SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY
Catalog No.: FTF-205 | Out Digitally: November 21, 2017 | 
Director: Drew Tobia | 
Length: 82 minutes
 | Year: 2014

 

“Rude, cruel, bratty, painful to watch, funny to watch and, sometimes, reckless…Refreshing.”
-Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

 

Synopsis

Mona (Eleanore Pienta) is a mentally unbalanced and very pregnant young woman in a hideous orange coat. Without any friends to speak of and alienated from her hoochie mama coworkers at a crummy Brooklyn supermarket, Mona maintains a strangely close relationship with her campy, recovering alcoholic mother May (Dana Eskelson). Mona’s sister Jordan (Molly Plunk) is an unemployable party girl, estranged from May and making life hell for her increasingly fed up girlfriend Sylve (Keisha Zollar). In the final days of her pregnancy, Mona draws her mother, sister, and anybody who happens to get caught in her wake into her hectic life as she drifts further from reality. Featuring a tapestry of diverse characters with varying levels of sanity and awful taste in wardrobe, See You Next Tuesday is a dark comedy the whole family can enjoy cutting themselves to.

Featuring: Eleanore Pienta, Dana Eskelson, Molly Plunk, Keisha Zollar

Written and Directed by Drew Tobia; Produced by Rachel Wolther; Cinematography byAndrew J. Whittaker; Music by Brian McOmber


VACATION!

DIGITAL
Catalog No.: FTF-206 | Out Digitally: November 28, 2017 | 
Director: Zach Clark | 
Length: 90 minutes
 | Year: 2011

 

“Visually Stunning…Perfectly Weird.”

-Karina Longworth, The Village Voice

 

“I for one will never look at a blender the same way again.”
-Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times, Critics Pick
Synopsis

VACATION! is an existential beach party movie about life, death, sex and drugs. When four college friends reunite for a girls’ week at the beach, it’s all bikinis, piña coladas and dance parties at first. But the fun soon fades away… After procuring a psychotropic drug from a sketchy surfer dude, the girls take a very strange trip into the abyss.

 

Featuring: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Lydia Hyslop, Maggie Ross, Melodie Sisk, Michael Abbott Jr., Tara Everhart and Martha Stephens

 

Written, Directed and Edited by Zach Clark; Produced by Zach Clark, Daryl Pitman and Melodie Sisk; Cinematography by Daryl Pitman; Music by Fritz Myers


THE ARBALEST
Catalog No.: FTF-207 | Out Digitally: November 28, 2017 | 
Director: Albert Pinney | 
Length: 73 minutes
 | Year: 2016

 

“A historical fantasy of high style…Every moment of “The Arbalest” is alive with an electric charge of immediacy.”
-Richard Brody, The New Yorker

 

“If Wes Anderson and David Lynch had a cinematic baby, it may look something like The Arbalest”
-Matthew Jacobs, The Huffington Post

 

 

Synopsis

When an unexpected tragedy befalls an amateur game inventor, his wife and a rival make a pact to share in the spoils of his invention. But when that invention becomes an international sensation, the pair charts different courses in their own lives, until desire brings them together again for one final game. Adam Pinney’s THE ARBALEST is a wildly inventive comedy that takes the details and design of the 1960’s and 70’s to new heights, turning a tale of unrequited love into an alternate reality where a beloved toy brings wild success and never-ending suffering.

 

Featuring: Mike Brune, Tallie Medel, Matthew Stanton and Felice Heather Monteith

 

Written, Directed and Edited by Albert Pinney; Produced by Alex Orr; Cinematography byHugh Braselton; Music by Deaton and Barnwell


IMPOLEX
Catalog No.: FTF-208 | Out Digitally: November 2, 2017 on Film Struck | 
Director: Albert Pinney | 
Length: 73 minutes
 | Year: 2001

“From its surplus-store WWII pageantry to its hot, fuzzy cinematography somehow suggestive of both Bolex and Instagram at once, Impolex is an uncommonly honest paean to millennial fecklessness.”

-Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant

 


Synopsis

In his feature debut, Alex Ross Perry was loosely inspired by Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow.” Taking place just after World War II, the film follows the shambling young soldier Tyrone S. as he wanders through the forest looking for German V2 rockets and encounters a number of inexplicable figures, including an eyepatch-wearing Englishman, a garrulous octopus and the girlfriend he left behind to join the army.

Featuring: Riley O’Bryan, Kate Lyn Sheil, Roy Berkeley, Bruno Meyrick Jones, Ben Shapiro and the voice of Eugene Mirman

 

Written, Directed, Produced and Edited by Alex Ross Perry; Cinematography by Sean Price Williams; Music by Preston Spurlock


FACTORY 25 is a Brooklyn-based independent film + music label founded in 2009 by Matt Grady. FACTORY 25 releases films theatrically, digitally, on DVD, and curates provocative limited edition DVD/vinyl combination packages. Specializing in indie niche projects, FACTORY 25 is committed to delivering films and music in perfect analog or digital quality. In addition to the new series of films, indie film label Factory 25 released the critically acclaimed Kid Thing, Almost There , Little Feet, Ape, Jobriath A.D., All the Light in the Sky, Sun Don’t Shine, Marvin, Seth and Stanley The Sheik and I, The Color Wheel, Green, Francine, The Oregonian, Richard’s Wedding, Fake It So Real, Bad Fever, Convento, Frownland, Shit Year, You Wont Miss Me, Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the SameNew York Export: Opus JazzRio Breaks, New Jerusalem, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, Until The Light Takes UsWah Do Dem, Kids of Today, Two Gates of Sleep, Family Jams and Make out With ViolenceBetter Than Something: Jay Reatard, Homemakers, The Other Side of Sleep, Buttons and Pavilion.


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