Why have I not heard about this film? It’s Electrick Children, written and directed by first-timer Rebecca Thomas. I’m really excited for a couple reasons: first, it’s a film thoroughly infused with Mormon content, albeit fundamentalist Mormon content, that’s hitting the major festivals, first Berlin and now this week at SXSW. Second, it’s created by someone from a Mormon background, so it has the integrity of an insider’s view (and shows that a growing crop of ethnically Mormon writers and directors can hold their own with all the ethnically Mormon actors hitting it big out there). Third, it’s a magical realist tale, so even if it depends a lot on coming-of-age generic conventions it goes where no Mormon film has gone before but where some of the best Mormon fiction thrives (cowboy Jesus, anyone?). Fourth, it just looks like a really cool film, regardless of any of this Mormon stuff. I’m excited to see it, and even though I’m not in Austin I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for its New York opening.
Want some links? Here’s the official website, the IndieWire review, the Variety review, a Filmmaker magazine interview with Thomas (seen below), and the Screen Daily review. Can’t wait to see the actual film!