Widely praised for his contemplative lyricism, character-driven style, and his "gift for naturalistic dialogue" (The Village Voice), writer-director Aaron Katz now stands at the vanguard of American cinema's new wave of forward-thinking independents.
In QUIET CITY, Katz's deceptively simple drama that has been called "a Terrence Malick film for the new lost generation" (The Austin Chronicle), we meet twentysomething Jamie (Erin Fisher) as she arrives in New York to visit a friend who never shows. On an empty subway platform, she crosses paths with a kindly stranger named Charlie (Cris Lankenau), and an unlikely connection is formed over the next 24 hours through city parks, abandoned apartments, and art galleries in the heart of industrial Brooklyn. Achingly sincere and shot with a painterly eye, Katz's approach is refreshingly devoid of romantic clichés.
Then in his impressionistic and tenderly heartbreaking debut, DANCE PARTY, USA -- hailed as "one of the best films of the year" (The New York Sun) and one of Amy Taubin's Top 10 Films of 2007 (ArtForum) -- apathetic teens Jessica (Anna Kavan) and Gus (Cole Pennsinger) share a fleeting moment at a Fourth of July party in Portland, but their relationship grows closer and more complex after Gus confronts her with a troubling secret.
Beautiful! A fully realized work of mumblecore poetry. --Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
DANCE PARTY, USA is in my pantheon of coming-of-age movies. --Amy Taubin, FILM COMMENT
So pure and precise and honest that it takes on stature beyond its actual size. As a work of art, it makes a big noise indeed. --Shawn Levy, OREGONIAN