If you search for Julia Pott on our site you will quickly see she is well-loved. Howard won an SotW Award last year, and her RCA graduation film, Belly, was a feature in 2012.
Funny thing is, over the past year, everyone else decided they loved Julia too. Starting with Sundance 2012, where Belly premiered, Julia has been on just about everyone’s hot list, gracing Filmmaker Mag’s 25 New Faces of Film for 2012, starring on Indiewire’s list of breakout stars, and appearing as an Art Director’s Club Young Gun. Now, with The Event, she completes a rare feat—back to back Sundance appearances.
The film is a commission for Random Acts, a stellar program out of the UK that provides original content for the web. Pockets was also from this same scheme. The film itself is Ms. Pott’s most inscrutable yet—based off a poem by UK rising star Tom Chivers it deals with end-of-the-world imagery. But it is also her most lovely film as well, as the refinement of her aesthetic and craft continues its upward trajectory, this time incorporating motion-tracking to her palette of techniques. As much as it pains my hipster possessiveness, I only see Julia Pott’s profile going up and up in 2013.
This review is part of our Sundance 2013 playlist.