Watch: ‘Come Swim’ – Kristen Stewart’s Very Abstract New Short Film

Come Swim Short Film

“What’s wrong… you can’t breathe underwater?” Refinery29 has debuted the online version of Kristen Stewart’s acclaimed new short film titled Come Swim, which played at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals this year. There was big buzz on this, as it’s big directorial debut for the famed actress Kristen Stewart, and it’s weird and wacky and experimental, and some of you are going to hate it. But maybe some of you will love it. The short film is described as a “diptych of one man’s day; half impressionist and half realist portraits.” The short film also features a score by the American musician known as St. Vincent. This has some cool shots in it, but it’s so frickin’ crazy abstract, I don’t even know what to say about it. I’m glad she’s trying something different, but I hope her next film is a bit more coherent. Watch Come Swim below. ›››

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Come to Raindance for… Social Change

Film is a powerful medium. Film motivates, inspires, and transforms our collective social reality. Film has the ability to tear people apart and bring them together. In a world progressively characterised by turmoil, Raindance aims to champion films that have an impact; films that aspire to breakdown walls, and inspire social change.

Here are four films that aim to provoke social change to look out for at Raindance Film Festival 2017.


In Another Life

Jason Wingard

Adnan is a refugee from Syria, a former teacher who finds himself trapped in the sprawling encampment outside Calais known as The Jungle. Separated from his wife, he is gradually brutalised by the corruption of the ruthless people smugglers and the hatred of the locals, who see the refugees as invaders, and he begins to lose his grip on morality. With the character of Adnan, the film gives a very human face to a phenomenon which has inspired hysterical xenophobia in recent years.

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Perfect Revolution

Jumpei Matsumoto

Kuma is disabled, suffering from congenital cerebral palsy, but despite living most of his life as a wheelchair user, he likes sex and so he became an activist for sex for the disabled. He meets Mitsu (Nana Seino), a prostitute who suffers from a personality disorder, and gradually starts opening his heart to her. Their ultimate love has the power to destroy social barriers and their own personal obstacles.

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Cahier Africain

Heidi Specogna

It started with a small school exercise book, checkered with the courageous testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them in the wake of armed conflict. They gathered together their testimonies in this book to record the crimes committed against them. This striking documentary bears witness to the collapse of order and civilisation in a country torn apart by civil war.

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Stolen Innocence

Chris Davis

Stolen Innocence delves into a hidden world: the untold stories of millions of girls who disappear from their homes and are forced into a life of sex slavery. Without a choice, these girls are violently trafficked into the world’s largest sex ring.    This documentary tackles the most pressing questions surrounding the hidden industry of sex trafficking. What is the force behind trafficking? What is driving the industry’s rapid growth? Why lawmakers are doing nothing to prevent it?

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Superhero Bits: New Guardians of the Galaxy Member, Teen Titans Come to LEGO Dimensions & More

Daredevil Meets It

Would you like to see Gotham star David Mazouz play Damian Wayne in the DC Extended Universe? Which Agents of SHIELD star will be directing an episode for the fifth season? What was the original title for X-Men? Who will be a new member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Comics? What does Lou Ferrigno think about Hulk talking in Thor: Ragnarok? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

The Teen Titans are part of a new LEGO Dimensions expansion along with Beeltejuice and The Powerpuff Girls.

Former Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno gave his opinion on the big guy talking in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.

Gotham Season 4

Young Bruce Wayne faces The Penguin in a batch of new photos from the fourth season of FOX’s Gotham.

Supergirl has added 24 star Chad Lowe to the cast, and he’ll also be directing an episode in the third season.

What’s in store for Barry Allen this season when The Flash returns for a fourth season this October on The CW.

Black Lightning producer Salim Akil discusses why the new superhero series on The CW isn’t an origin story.

Daredevil Meets It

For last week’s edition of The Line It Is Drawn, artists put Stephen King’s It into various comic book situations.

Agents of SHIELD star and occasional filmmaker Clark Gregg will direct an episode of the show this season.

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Come to Raindance for… Filmmaking Careers

Here at Raindance, we aim to discover, nurture and support the new and upcoming voices of independent cinema. Packed with a host of special events, talks, panels, and workshops, the Raindance Industry Forums are designed to bring insight to independent filmmakers to help in their careers.

Here are four events to look out for at this year’s Raindance Industry Forums.


360 Filmmaking Masterclass

Presented by Facebook 360

Speakers from Facebook’s 360 team in California will discuss all about 360 filmmaking and the benefits of their 360 platform including camera systems, audio, stitching and more. Whether you’re a filmmaker, a film student, a media professional or a creative, this masterclass will provide you with the knowledge you need to start crafting powerful 360 films. Our goal is to inspire creators across all mediums—filmmakers, writers, musicians, game designers and more—and help them to connect and bring their ideas to life. Join us and learn how you can push the boundaries of creativity in VR and 360 filmmaking.

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Pitch Training with Elliot Grove

The word “pitching” is really a misnomer, it conjures up visions of a snake-oil salesman peddling questionable wares to an unsuspecting public. But if you took pitching out of the film business, the entire industry would collapse. Every movie ever made was made as a result of pitching. It’s not enough to have a million pound idea, you have to be able to sell it. When often all you have is 15 minutes with a producer that has heard 10 other projects that same day, it is vital to learn how to hook anyone and get your movie made.

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Location, Location, Location

How to Find the Right Location For Your Film, Presented by Film Fixer

When you are making a film, you have to be street smart and leverage whatever resources you have at hand, particularly when having to locate, negotiate, and pay for location rents. Be it a deserted island or a jam-packed city, finding the right location is hard. In this session, Andrew Pavord, founder of FilmFixer shares his top tips on securing your most wanted filming locations.

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Lighting Technology Masterclass

Presented by Rotolight

All filmmakers – from DPs and directors to producers and writers  – should learn to leverage the art of lighting. Light is one of the most important tools available to enhance the atmosphere, mystery and mood of your story on camera. This workshop will demonstrate the latest in filmmaking and lighting technologies and techniques for filmmakers to enhance their productions.

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Come to Raindance For… Horror

Since its inception, horror has been a staple of cinema. Horror provides filmmakers and audiences to experience and explore our world – and other worlds – in ways that other genres can’t. Experience the darkest parts on (in)humanity with our top picks for horror lovers at Raindance Film Festival 2017.


Black Hallow Cage

Directed by Sadrac González-Perellón

Alice, a thirteen year-old girl, lives with her father in a huge house in the woods, following a car accident in which the girl lost her mother and part of her right arm. Secluded and depressed, the girl forms a strong bond with Beatrice, a female wolfhound whom Alice calls ‘Mom’. One day, Alice finds a mysterious cubic device with the ability to alter the past.

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The Dark Mile

Directed by Gary Love

The divide between urban and rural, technology and nature, runs throughout Gary Love’s The Dark Mile. Like in the deep lakes and dense fog of the Scottish Highlands, something unsettling lurks just out of sight. Claire and Louise ascend from London to this rural area, coping with personal tragedy, running from the past. During their stay, both their relationship and physical safety is threatened by their surroundings. Gary Love’s tight direction brings ambiguity and fear to several sequences, making The Dark Mile an uncertain, creepy and terrifying crawl.

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The Midnighters

Directed by Julius Ramsay

While driving back from a party on New Year’s Eve, Lindsey and Jeff Pittman accidently hit a passer-by. Fearing the consequences, they put him in the back seat of their car and return home. But the couple soon realises all is not as it seems and it’s not long before danger knocks on their door. Set against the eerie backdrop of wintry New England, The Midnighters is a burst of suspense that is full of unexpected twists and turns.

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Come to Raindance For… Women in Film

With an industry that is dominated by men, here at Raindance we aim to examine and spotlight the experiences and contributions of women in the film industry. Showcasing films by female filmmakers from around the world, Raindance Film Festival celebrates the work of women in film.

Today we are highlighting the events and films at the 25th Raindance Film Festival that will examine the female voice both behind and in front of the camera.


Women in Film Panel

What does it mean to be a leading female character on the big screen?


Hosted by Women in Entertainment President – Cynthia Landon – this panel will explore films and narratives in which female characters and stories are placed front and centre. Featuring Kelly Davis and Kim Hudson, this panel will discuss what it means to create work with a leading female character and explore hour audiences are receiving this work.

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Written and Directed by Zornitsa Sophia Popgantcheva

Voevoda – the term given to female leaders of rebel gangs – charts the life of Roumena, a feisty young tomboy, as she navigates life in a men’s world. Despite becoming a wife and mother, she makes a choice to join the rebel cause in the footsteps of her father – and pays the consequences. A breathtakingly atmospheric drama celebrating female heroism.

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I Still Hide To Smoke

Written and Directed by Rayhana

In the heart of the hammam, far from the accusing gaze of men, mothers, lovers, virgins and Islamic fanatics, butts and burqas mingle and mix, confront one another, with laughter, tears, rage, the Bible and the Koran… before the flash of a dagger and the silence of God.

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Dark Blue Girl

Written and Directed by Mascha Schilinski

The world of seven-year-old Luca is rapidly changing. Her parents, who broke-up two years ago, fall in love again while renovating their soon-to-be-sold house in the volcanic island of Santorini. This dark and frightening story takes you deep into the psyche of a child trying to cope with the loss of a high status, being left to twist in the Aegean wind. Will she accept the new situation or will she burst the bubble she has created?

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While Waiting

Written, Produced and Directed by Paola Villanueva

Lola lives in a public nursing home, where even the only coffin is a shared commodity. Calling her mom and taking care of her husband, both now long gone fro her life, are part of her daily efforts to give value to her existence in a world that otherwise would be completely impersonal for her.

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Come to Raindance For… Shorts

Celebrate the best of short film at Raindance Film Festival 2017. From eclectic and stylised animations, through unimaginably rich documentaries, to challenging LGBT stories, this year’s Short Film Programmes will showcase a powerful selection of beautifully made and provocative short films.

Here are five short programmes to look out for at the 25th Raindance Film Festival.


LGBT Shorts

Goddess (Directed by Karishma Dube)

A courageous collection of stories featuring drag queens, transgender youths & bourgeoning recognition that challenge stigma & unrelenting abuse. Crucially remaining genuine in telling of the lives and loves that run through LGBT communities, both authentic and audacious. Encompassing worldwide settings comprising Mexico, India and Zimbabwe, exploring how people are connecting despite adversity and repression.

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Documentary Shorts

American Psychosis (Directed by Amanda Zackem)

Exciting documentaries that explore the fascinating portrayals of controversial artists, dialectic observers & intangible landscapes. Surviving idiosyncratic extremities of existence in these abandoned landscapes may be essentially full of adversity; tolerating these circumstances with dignity may not be ideal, yet, it is manageable and ultimately enriching.

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UK Shorts

Cleared (Directed by Charlotte Regan)

Engaging films from emerging filmmakers from the UK; all political, personal and potent. Matters may seem out of control in turbulent times and these stories attempt to restore the balance. Featuring dark satires, understated issues & controversial desires. These films have a varied range of styles with startling agendas. Any predictable perspectives are usually confronted to reveal hidden apprehensions. These mutual anxieties are then irrevocably challenged.

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Animation Shorts

Flutter (Directed by Vladimir Todorov)

Featuring award-winning animators who have returned to screen at Raindance. Displaying an eclectic array of styles and stories, from universal meditations on the human condition, which at times are punctuated with grotesque humour and distressing familiarity, to historical accounts of acknowledgement, philophosical interpretations of abstracted significance and creations that prompt dynamic attention.

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Music Videos

Told You I’d Be With The Guys (Directed by Riley Blakeway)

The primary function of the music video is to promote the piece of music that it accompanies – to provide a visual interpretation of the sequence of notes, sounds and lyrics that make up the track. The best music videos are works of art in their own right, exhibiting the creativity and skill of their filmmakers, and yet they are also inextricably tied to their music; incomplete without their aural companion. The videos showcased in this eclectic programme don’t have much in common – their production budgets wildly vary, as do their themes and styles. However, they all offer an interpretation of the music that they accompany, that lends itself to a much more compelling listening – and watching – experience.

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Come To Raindance For… Music

Raindance Film Festival has always championed the place of music in film. Over the years, the festival has hosted such musicians as Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed. Over the last few years, our international Jury has included Lemmy, Tom Waits, Douglas Hart (The Jesus and Mary Chain), Beth Gibbons (Portishead) and Don Letts. This year Raindance will showcase an exciting line-up of feature and documentary films that explore the nature of music and musicianship.

Here are four stories about music to look out for at the 25th Raindance Film Festival.


Hello Again

Directed by Tom Gustafson

Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s 1896 controversial play Der Reigen and the classic 1950 Max Ophuls film LA Ronde, in the early ’90s the Lincoln Center commissioned Broadway composer Michael John LaChiusa to create the musical Hello Again. This film adaptation explores 10 fleeting love affairs across 10 periods of time in New York City history, through 10 lust-fueled episodes.

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I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott

Directed by Yoon-ha Chang

This award-winning documentary is the story of a man, Ralf Kemper, driven to celebrate a long-forgotten music legend. Kemper finds the best players, arrangers and producers to create the album of his dreams. He showcases Jimmy Scott in the finest way possible, virtually bankrupting himself in the process.

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Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock N Roll Ghost Story

Directed by Enrico Ciccu, Ken Nishikawa, Les Deciduous and Mike Rogers

The Screamin’ Telstars are a struggling retro rock band. One day, their leader, Tony, goes to buy a haunted guitar amp. Tony gets everything he’s dreamed of – but with a hidden catch. A hard day’s night in Japan with a faustian twist.

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Teenage Superstars

Directed by Grant Mcphee

This new documentary from the creators of Big Gold Dream tells the story of what happened in the uncompromising world of Scottish indie music of the 1980s. The Vaselines, BMX Bandits, The Pastels, The Soup Dragons, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub all appear. Bursting with new interviews, rare archive, untold stories along with some of the most amazingly difficult, scratchy, noisy, genius pop music ever given to the world.

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Come To Raindance For… LGBT Stories

As a celebration of independent film, Raindance Film Festival aims to showcase the most groundbreaking and memorable stories out there. At our LGBT strand, we celebrate the work of filmmakers from around the world to examine the everyday life, complexity and diversity of the LGBT experience.

Here are four LGBT Stories to look out for at the 25th Raindance Film Festival.


The Misandrists

Directed by Bruce LaBruce

Somewhere in Ger(wo)many … Big Mother (Susanne Sachsse) operates a school for wayward girls as a front for a radical lesbian terrorist cell – The Female Liberation Army.  When a young man running from the police happens upon this feminist headquarters, one of the girls takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. His presence eventually disrupts the household, revealing a number of unexpected secrets.

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Apricot Groves

Directed by Pouria Heidary Oureh

Aram, an Iranian Armenian youth who immigrated to the US in childhood, returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend he met and lived with in the US. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead.

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Boys for Sale

Directed by Itako

In Tokyo’s Shinjuku district there are bars that specialize in “Urisen” – young guys who have sex with men. Featuring candid interviews and interspersed with animation detailing the awkward, sweet, and sometimes hilarious situations these sex workers experience, Boys for Sale boldly documents rare stories of life in the Tokyo underground.

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Directed by Travis Mathews

Filmmaker Alex lives in a van. He sets up his camera in rural areas in the US, situated in no-man’s land near highways. During a visit to his former alcoholic mother, she shares with him a well-kept secret.

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David Letterman Is Coming to Netflix for a New Series, But Will His Epic Beard Come Too?

David Letterman Netflix Show

David Letterman stepped down from his longtime post as the host of The Late Show on CBS in 2015, replaced by comedian Stephen Colbert. But as any good comedian will tell you, it’s hard to stay away from the spotlight, and David Letterman is a great comedian, so it should come as no surprise that he’s coming out of retirement with a new show. But it won’t be on any of the big networks.

Netflix is bringing David Letterman into their ever-expanding roster of comedy talent for a new series on the streaming service with six episodes in 2018. But exactly what kind of show can we expect from the legendary, respected comedian and television host?

The New York Times reports news of Netflix rounding up David Letterman for a series that doesn’t have a title yet, but the streaming service said it will be an hour-long program that will have Letterman doing two of the things he does best “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor.”

With 33 years of late night hosting experience under his belt, not to mention all the time he spent honing his skills as a stand-up comedian, Letterman is one of the best in the business, and the fact that Netflix was able to coax him out of retirement is a big deal. Actually, the comedian was the one who was getting antsy about doing a new project, telling NYT, “I keep saying, jeez, I still think I can do something. I want that epiphany that others have had. It’s the same epiphany that I had about wanting to do a TV show when I was, like, 17.”

Letterman has kept a low profile since leaving television in 2015, though he has made a few appearances here and there on the National Geographic Channel and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In the press release from Netflix, Letterman himself said, “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.”

Now the comedian is another huge name added to the comedy mix on the streaming service, which will soon have new specials from Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock on the way. It remains to be seen if this is just the beginning of a larger relationship that Letterman will have with Netflix, but for now, this is a good start. Whether or not his Santa Claus style beard will stick around when he returns to TV hosting, we’ll have to wait and see.

Are you looking forward to the David Letterman Netflix show?

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