Written by Chris Cooke | Posted by: Anonymous
On the surface, "Loop Dreams: The Making of a Low Budget Film" appears to set out for similar terrain. "Blackmale," the "Coven" (a.k.a the film inside the film) of "Loop Dreams," boasts blood aplenty, albeit more of the Tarantino variety, and adds that classic B-movie staple — the busty, frequently naked damsel in distress. Furthermore, sibling directors George and Mike Baluzy seem to have the nut-cake potential of Borchardt. But it doesnt take long to realize that "Loop Dreams" will be a quite different documentary, about a quite different film (although of equally dubious quality). "Blackmale," you see, actually has a filming schedule and an entire film crew, complete with a gaffer, key grip, director of photography, and line producer. Indeed, documentarist Harvey Hubbell V, the producer, writer, and director of "Loop Dreams" also serves as the assistant producer of "Blackmale," a role he only agreed to take under the condition that he could make his own film about the film.
"Loop Dreams" offers us characters aplenty. Co-director Mike Baluzy rather romantically imagines himself as a psychotic but appears to be little more than a cranky tyrant, and line producer Emily Holcomb jumps right into her role as the cold-hearted monitor of the bottom line. But the cast of characters here, while certainly interesting, cant claim to be as plain-old whacked out as any of the "Coven" crew. As long as there is human life at all, there will always be freaks, and all the rest of us will be secretly or openly fascinated by them. This is especially true of film, which combines a sense of intimacy with the reassurance that the subjects of our fascination are far away, granting us immunity from the dangers that actual intimacy would inevitably incur. "American Movie" is a freakshow. Thats why we love it. "Loop Dreams" is something both less and more than that.
What we get in "Loop Dreams" is a casual yet engaging portrait of the making of a film, of the long, grueling hours put in by everybody from the director to the lowliest production assistant. The viewer also gets a sense of the motivations people have for putting themselves through it all. Hubbell playfully shows the hypocrisies, power struggles, and motives of the crew and cast, never failing to produce a smile. No stone is left unturned, from the exploitation of women to the consequences of hiring out-of-control actors. "Loop Dreams" doesnt strike your creepy voyeur nerve–but it resonates with a smarter one.
You can see 'Loop Dreams' this month at Film Fest New Haven. For more information on screening times, go to http://www.filmfest.org/. For more info on 'Loop Dreams' visit http://www.loopdreams.com.