DONOVAN SLACKS by Kivmars Bowling premieres in New York

####At its climax, this 2007 feature — composed in silent-film aspect ratio, in color, on Super-8 film — moves from a 1920s-style silent movie to the harsh realism of a talkie. ####

BY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. LOS ANGELES (CINEMA MINIMA) — The remarkable independent feature, DONOVAN SLACKS — written and directed by Kivmars Bowling — will have its East Coast USA premiere at the Queens International Film Festival in the borough of Queens in New York City 2008 November 8 Saturday 12:30 PM.

#####The story#####

In 1928 a man who, from childhood, had been led to believe he suffered from a debilitating bone condition discovers by chance that it is a lie: He has been a victim of a brutal hoax perpetrated by someone with Münchausen-syndrome-by-proxy.

When every structure he ever knew — and every idea he had about himself — are annihilated, his life becomes a blank — but also, a fresh sheet of paper. In his emptiness he sets about writing his own rules, drafting himself afresh. He becomes the leader in a local fishermen’s dispute with the government and somehow, persuades them to found their own country and fight to the bitter end.

A still from DONOVAN SLACKS

Is he thinking clearly for the first time in his life? Or is he in the grip of a mania? And how does that mania seize the minds of a group of fisherman, who — despite the odds against their protest — go to the barricades and fight, come what may. Donovan Slacks’s personal revolution foments a political one.

#####Production#####

The film — which stars Ashley Penrose — has been made with high style, in meticulously observed period design. The color resembles that of two-color Technicolor film from the early twentieth century.

DONOVAN SLACKS was photographed on Super-8 film. It looks gorgeous — the promise of Super 8 as a serious choice for movie makers is realized in this remarkable motion picture entertainment. DONOVAN SLACKS marks recent trends of young movie makers turning to film — and to Super 8.

The director, Kivmars Bowling, says: DONOVAN SLACKS became a metaphor for a film director — daring to try something when all signs seem to argue against; the impossibility of leading a group of people into a ludicrous venture that somehow, seems to make sense; the surreal excitement and weirdness that brings a communal feeling with it. Maybe the sense that — even though the odds are stacked against succeeding, against even just making a half-decent film — for a brief moment we overcame self-doubt and the naysayers. The filmmaking process is the film. And who knows who might be inspired into making something bigger and better?

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