Film of the Month: Robert Eggers

Posted April 1st, 2016 by Matt Turner

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26: Director/writer Robert Eggers of "The Witch" poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Larry Busacca/Getty Images/AFP

In the midst of the UK release of his feature film debut The Witch, Robert Eggers joins us as the judge for April Film of the Month.

Brooklyn based and New Hampshire raised, Eggers conveys a unique vision through his film craft that can effectively be seen in his debut which has been subtitled “A New England Folktale.” The Witch has enjoyed rave reviews since its original premiere in January 2015, at The Sundance Film Festival, where Eggers received the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category  The Witch has continued to garner other awards and recognitions from various festivals, including the Sutherland Prize for Best Debut Feature at London Film Festival.

Prior to his debut feature, Eggers started out directing and designing various types of theatre in downtown New York before his transition into film, making his living as a designer for film, television, theatre, print, and dance—while also directing several short films. With his 2007 short Hansel and Gretel, he proved his vast talents as a writer, director, and costume and production designer. Edgar Allan Poe influenced his second short, The Tell-Tale Heart, which Eggers portrayed through puppetry.

BFI writes that Eggers is “all at once a respecter and a preserver of the past” when it comes to both his filmmaking techniques and inspirational outlets. And now his latest piece The Witch embodies these techniques, for he has employed clever camerawork and an innovative style to produce “a thoughtful, slow-burning art-house film set in the 1600s.”

Presently Eggers is reported to be working on a medieval epic entitled The Knight as well as his own take on F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu.

Please submit your short films for Robert to view before the 14th April. The three with the most votes at the end of the voting period will receive Vimeo+ membership and will be sent to Robert for his viewing and feedback.

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