The second feature-length comedy by Sundance alum Adam Bowers. A smart, (painfully) real comedy/romance.
What's it about?
It's about a pizza cook who never left his college town, his old best friend who's just moved back, and the love of his life. If I told you more it would spoil some surprises, but I'll just say that things get... tricky.
Why is it worth your money?
I really love small, truly independent movies. They look and feel different. They’re unfiltered and uncalculated, being built purely out of the vision of the filmmaking team, instead of the demands of investors. But there are a weirdly-small amount of comedies that are made this way, that have some artistic aim behind them. I’m pretty sure most low-budget comedies are just excuses to do thick Italian accents.
I want to make something that’s not only funny and entertaining, but also sad and real. It's in the vein of Woody Allen's films, or the show Louie, but it's something wholly original.
My first film is called New Low, which I wrote, directed, produced, edited, and starred in. A few friends and I made it in Gainesville, Florida for about $2,000, and it premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and is now available digitally, on sites like iTunes and Hulu (where you can watch it for free!). Here's the trailer:
For this movie, I want to go back to Gainesville and make a film that will feel similar, but basically be a million times better in every way, and won't be saddled with the issues that a $2,000 movie can find itself with. The team we've assembled for this movie is so great, and I know we can make something that's not only entertaining, but also unique and worth people's time.
Like my first film, I wrote the script, and I’ll be directing, editing, and playing the main character. Unlike my first film, I have some amazing producers taking over that duty from me:
Andie Bolt has produced a ton of really popular online content for Nerdist, MTV, ABC, Fuel TV, and the Black-Eyed Peas.
Roger Beebe is an experimental filmmaker teaching at the University of Florida, whose films have played at Sundance, Rotterdam, MoMA, and the CBS jumbotron in Times Square, among other places. He is the artistic director for FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival.
Adele Romanski has produced a number of films, including The Myth of the American Sleepover (IFC Films), The Freebie (Phase 4 Films), Black Rock (LD Entertainment), and most recently, Bad Milo! (Magnet Releasing), all of which have or will be released theatrically. She's our executive producer.
The director of photography is Jay Keitel, whose shot a number of awesome movies: Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don't Shine (Factory 25), Cherie Saulter’s No Matter What (SXSW), and Adele’s directorial debut, Leave Me Like You Found Me (SXSW, Karlovy Vary, Munich), among others.
So, while the movie is definitely a comedy, and a love story at its center, it will look beautiful and feel raw in a way that romantic comedies rarely do. It’s like the difference between the Goo Goo Dolls and Archers of Loaf, if you’re someone that people probably hate to hear talk.
What people said about my first film:
“I caught up on a couple films from the festival circuit, one
of which—a low-key, no-budget, smartly scripted anti-rom-com called New
Low… deserves special recognition… (It) uses its low budget to good
cinematic effect with a number of simple static suggestive frames and
one dreamy, heartfelt moment set in a dumpster that reveals Bowers
actually has a deeper, sensitive side underlying his deadpan antics. (Is
this a Take the Money and Run setting the stage for a future Annie
— Anthony Kaufman, Indiewire
"(Bowers) displays a well-defined comedic style in this punkish comedy
about romantic indecision and a self-waged war for its hero's soul...The
movie smells like a cult hit."
— John Anderson, Variety
“The best no-budget indie romance since In Search of a Midnight Kiss… Bowers’ witty, Woody Allenish waltz through romantic dysfunction does for the college town of Gainesville what Slacker did for Austin back in the day. It makes the city feel distinct, funky, and a little romantic.”
— Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
“If Woody Allen had been born 50 years later and grown up to be a tall, gangly Gainesville hipster, his first movie might have looked a lot like New Low. With its cast of twentysomething slackers, video-store and dive-bar settings, and focus on relationship issues, writer-director Adam Bowers’ feature debut bears some surface resemblance to the greatest hits of mumblecore. There’s one major difference, however: This movie has a script, and it’s a sharp, witty, frequently laugh-out-loud funny one at that.”
— Scott Von Doviak, A/V Club
“Easily containing some of the best film writing and dialogue over the past few years, New Low looks and feels like a Woody Allen-penned script filtered through a Slacker-era Richard Linklater visual sensibility… Razor-sharp dialogue and character depiction.”
— Todd Konrad, Independent Film Quarterly
“What makes New Low stand out from other indie comedies is its
keen sense of the deadpan setup and the follow-through punch line.”
— Jason Guerrasio, Filmmaker Magazine (where I was named one of their 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2010)
“It’s got a distinct, edgy vibe highlighted by Bowers’ own quizzical acting style and a script filled with biting humor that spares no segment of society. Imagine a Gen-Y version of Woody Allen’s 1970s period, transplanted from Manhattan to the bohemian college town of Gainesville, FL… New Low is like a photo negative of the tired romantic comedy genre.”
— Christopher Lloyd, The Film Yap
"The lanky 25 year-old filmmaker has created something very special with New Low: a no-budget slacker romance that actually manages to be entertaining and heartfelt."
— Jordan Silverthorne, College Movie Review
“New Low is different. (It) is uncomfortable, funny, sad, awkward and well done.”
— Don R. Lewis, Gordon and the Whale
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We’re shooting the movie back in Gainesville, Florida, which is really exciting, but also brings with it a ton of challenges, so a good amount of the budget is going to travel and housing for our core team. But I love Gainesville. It’s gritty, overgrown, wet, and awesome, and making the movie there will be more than worth the difficulties. Like in my first movie, I want to really capture what it’s like to live in that town and be a part of its unique culture.
And, like with any budget this low, a lot of the execution will depend on us working really, really hard and being creative with our problem-solving every step of the way, so we can take the budget as far as it can go.
Once we finish, the plan is to premiere at a major film festival and secure distribution. That’s never a guarantee with any movie, but among our team, we’ve had movies at this budget-level and below play at Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, and more, and we have a good track record of getting those movies out there for audiences to see. So I’m excited to find out what we can do with this one.
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