I have recently watched a film called The Lionshare. It’s freely available to downtorrent here on vodo.net. Film touches the subjects of online dating, file sharing and general creativity of a human being living in an electronic era.
The Lionshare is the debut feature from writer/director Josh Bernhard. It was made in the spirit of the independent, do-it-yourself cinema of the Internet age, shot with consumer video cameras at the cost of a few thousand dollars. The latest in a wave of films dubbed “The New Talkies,” its kinetic style and raw performances recall the work of John Cassavetes and the DOGME 95 movement. Relying on naturalistic dialog and a barebones aesthetic to match the bare honesty of its characters, The Lionshare is a personal look at life and love in an increasingly impersonal world.
The movie is a reflection of how we are living now, as we increasingly relate to each other through the music we listen to and the media we consume; where people communicate through internet memes and pop culture references. The Lionshare demonstrates how the medium has truly become the message.
It is this type of cinema that I wish would become popular as it’s great at its core. I feel like I should relate to it through the prism of remodernist film philosophy of Jesse Richards: this is the true cinema, the cinema of forgiven error, emphasizing the emotions and torments of a day-to-day life. Back to the future from the depths of blockbusters and special effects.
However, the theme of rewiring the mind is present in this film and as the characters become aware of the technological possibilities they are drawn to them, prone to use them without restrain.
The main overwhelming issue here is that people changed, once they found out there are other ways of communicating. Easier ways. Faster ways. In our search for true connection with each other we encountered one that is perfectly impersonal and doesn’t require any effort at all.
We bought into it and this is our reality right now and that’s why the convincing speech of Josh Bernhard’s The Lionshare should be heard.