If you want to see what an independent film should do, look at the work of Gregg Araki. He wrote and directed the story of a teen hustler who turns tricks in a local park and his dorky buddy who's obsessed with space alien abductions. It was challenging material with inappropriate sex. The end put a few tears in my eyes. Again, Araki takes challenging material with inappropriate sex. In his world, the scandalous sex is not in the film just for the sake of being hip and edgy. It's something characters drift into as a release from loneliness, boredom or other heartbreak. There's another force at play besides hormones. Araki takes ugliness in life and finds the compassion in it. He makes us care about characters we didn't think we'd care about. He did that with Mysterious Skin. He does that with White Bird in a Blizzard. Here's the director with the film's lead actress and narrator, Shailene Woodley. She plays troubled Kat Connor.
Gregg Araki. He is one mighty fine indie film director. Catch the heart of White Bird in a Blizzard when it opens October 24th. Here's the trailer.