Josh Intrator and Thomas Seely of punk rock duo LOWbASiC struggle to maintain their friendship and sanity as they prepare to debut their music on Dr. Bob’s Rock ‘n’ Roll T.V. show FALSE MEDIA. LOWbASiC: Beat Your Media.
written & directed by Frank Rinaldi
starring Josh Intrator & Thomas Seely
music by Sleepies
produced by Shannon Fitzpatrick & Melanie Schiele
director of photography … Kiran Chitanvis
first ac … Weijie Lai
grip/gaffer … Gerald Crump
sound … Warren Tessler & Claire Bellmonte
art direction … Shannon Fitzpatrick
It makes me happy that filmmaker Frank Rinaldi understands the importance of story. I’ve watched many a short at Slamdance 2010. Although I’ve enjoyed nearly all of them (a difficult position for a critic), any displeasure I feel comes from experimental films that are, to put it glibly, 100% experiment and 0% film. Funny Guy, Rinaldi’s previous short, received the Slamdance 2009 Grand Jury Award for Best Experimental Film. His films, while undeniably experimental, manage to provide just enough character and plot to instill empathy in the viewer – allowing for greater emotional payoff during the less rational material. LOWbASiC is a hallucinogenic collage of corrugated anxieties, truths, and emotions, folded over colorful, lo-fi visuals. It’s also about two men in a band who have a strong but troubled relationship. In composing this non-linear narrative, director Rinaldi is adept at creating and dispelling anxiety, making LOWbASiC an engaging, emotional experiment.
Frank Rinaldi received his BFA in Dramatic Writing and Cinema Studies at New York University, and his MFA in Film Production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Asia in Singapore. He has written and directed several short films and videos. He is currently editing his first feature film, Sundowning.
Additional work can be seen at sundowningthemovie.com.
Please feel free to contact Frank with any questions or comments at frankrinaldi*at*sundowningthemovie*dot*com.