Yellow, Medient Studios’ new film played to wowed both the critics and the audience at the recently concluded 23rd Florida Film Festival.
Orlando Weekly critic Cameron Meler called it – “August: Osage County – with a lot more psychedelic drugs!”
|A still from the film Yellow|
“If John Cassavetes, the pioneering independent filmmaker, were alive today, he’d probably be making films like his son’s Yellow, a boldly original and surreal take on mental illness, drug abuse, incest, religion and family dysfunction,” the review said.
Andrew Coffin of The Examiner gave the film a four star review and described it as, “a surprisingly fresh and entertaining film.”
Yellow is a wildly inventive and visually dazzling head-trip from director Nick Cassavetes, whose previous movies include The Notebook, John Q, and My Sister’s Keeper. It tells the story of Mary Holmes, (Heather Wahlquist), a young substitute teacher who escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities. We enter her hallucinatory world, peopled with Busby Berkeley dancers, Cirque du Soleil, Circus freaks, and human farm animals where nothing is quite what it seems.
Winner of the best film at Catalina Film Festival, Yellow has been achieving standing ovations from audiences and critics on the global festival circuit. The film has been screened at Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, Tokyo International Film Festival, International Film Festival in Goa, Seattle International Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, Munich Film Festival among others.
The Florida Film Festival was named one of the top 10 festivals in the world by festival guru Chris Gore in his 2001 edition of The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 2nd Edition. Nestled in at number eight (alongside such prestigious events as Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Berlin, and SXSW), the Festival continues to showcase the best in American independent and foreign cinema.