While I originally intended this edition of Trailer Park to profile more of the films screening at Sundance, I soon realized that most of the footage arriving online (except for Moonshine) comes in the way of film clips. Don't get me wrong, I dig clips, but this isn't Clip Park - it's Trailer Park.

However, while I was assembling the trailers to go along with my theme, I realized that three of the films played last year's Sundance fest. Not only that, but three of them are also from first time directors and all of them have something to do with growth, or the lack thereof. Sure, the title of this post may remind you of some old school 90's R&B song, but that particular tug-of-war into adulthood plays a big part in each of the films. Maybe not so much for one of them, but you'll see what I mean. So here we are, attempting to grow up, in this week's Trailer Park...

 

  • Based on the classic novel by Nobel prize-winning author Imre Kertész, Fateless tells of a boy's attempt to reconcile with time spent inside a concentration camp upon his return home to Hungary. Will our hero grow from his experience or remain trapped inside a world he feels does not want him. With a screenplay written by Kertesz, Fateless also marks the directorial debut for Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Lajos Koltai.
  • After his ex-girlfriend reaches out to him for help then disappears, Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes it upon himself to delve into the seedy underbelly of high school social circles in order to uncover the truth. Chock full of noir, Brick won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for Originality of Vision last year and features yet another first time writer/director in Rian Johnson.
  • Writer/Director Jeff Feuerzeig won Best Director at last year's Sundance fest for The Devil and Daniel Johnstona deeply moving documentary about singer/songwriter/artist Daniel Johnston. Mixing archived footage with new stuff, Devil chronicles a man, part genius/part insane, as he strived to become what he loved, while battling the unforgiving mystery inside his head.
  • Chosen as participants in this year's Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, Fernando Eimbcke (director/co-writer) and Paula Markovitch (co-writer) burst onto the scene with last year's feature debut, Duck Season. The Spanish-language film tells of two 14-year-old boys left alone one lazy Sunday for a nice, relaxing day of video game excitement. However, when the power goes out and unexpected visitors arrive, the day turns out to mean so much more.
  • Although it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the trailers, Dave Chapelle's Block Party is a great example of how someone can go from being a man to a boy. Maybe not so much the block party itself, but am I the only one who just dislikes Dave Chapelle? Dude has a great show on Comedy Central, but then abandons it to go find himself in Africa? What's up with that? Chapelle has a quote in the part concert/part sketch comedy-type film that goes, "I'm mediocre at both and yet have managed to talk my way into a fortune." Hey, the good thing is that he won't have to do much talking on his way out.