I’d never heard of CMJ before (stands for “College Music Journal”), but I kept running into people in NYC who had heard of them, as they produce the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, a yearly event.
The pieces were varied and impressive. Rarely do I like that many films in a night’s showing.
Jim’s pieces kicked off the night. He’s well-known in this community and didn’t disappoint.
Jack in a Box is a series about a downtrodden gay man who works at a theater ticket office. I’d seen Jim post it on Facebook but hadn’t gotten around to watching it before. I’m glad I was in a position where I had to watch it, as it fit a niche that I had spent some time looking for a while back: a comedic web series to fill the void after getting through all of Agents of Cracked.
Other pieces I want to highlight from the night:
Adam Taylor’s Melody June Cooper: actress* for hire
A hilarious, yet depressing multi-genre piece covering the stereotypes that a black working actress is forced to endure.
Ballard C. Boyd’s Everything is Going to be Alright
Ballard went to a bachelor party in North Carolina thinking that he’d record a bit, but ended up coming out with an amazing piece done with both clear artistic talent and humanity.
Sam Roden & Nick Hartanto’s The Lonely Pair
A case-in-point of simple done right: a man spends a night out with a girl he knew in high school that he hadn’t seen in years. Shot beautifully, with a soft and genuine foundation provided by the actors.
A solid night all around. Thanks to everyone who shaped it.