The arthouse action genre is an emerging film genre in contemporary cinema that traces its roots back to Asian and European films. Various sources have recently begun referring to various films under this label.
An art film is typically a serious, independent film, aimed at a niche market rather than a mass market audience. It is "intended to be a serious, artistic work, often experimental and not designed for mass appeal", "made primarily for aesthetic reasons rather than commercial profit", and contains "unconventional or highly symbolic content".Film critics and film studies scholars typically define an art film as possessing "formal qualities that mark them as different from mainstream Hollywood films". These qualities can include (among other elements): a sense of social realism; an emphasis on the authorial expressiveness of the director; and a focus on the thoughts, dreams, or motivations of characters, as opposed to the unfolding of a clear, goal-driven story. Film scholar David Bordwell describes art cinema as "a film genre, with its own distinct conventions".Art film producers usually present their films at special theaters (repertory cinemas or, in the U.S., art-house cinemas) and at film festivals. The term art film is much more widely used in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia, compared to the mainland Europe, where the terms auteur films and national cinema (e.g. German national cinema) are used instead. Since they are aimed at small, niche-market audiences, art films rarely acquire the financial backing that would permit large production budgets associated with widely released blockbuster films. Art film directors make up for these constraints by creating a different type of film, one that typically uses lesser-known film actors (or even amateur actors), and modest sets to make films that focus much more on developing ideas, exploring new narrative techniques, and attempting new film-making conventions.
A certain degree of experience and knowledge is generally required to fully understand or appreciate such films. Film critic Roger Ebert called Chungking Express, a critically acclaimed 1994 art film, "largely a cerebral experience" that one enjoys "because of what you know about film". This contrasts sharply with mainstream blockbuster films, which are geared more towards escapism and pure entertainment. For promotion, art films rely on the publicity generated from film critics' reviews; discussion of the film by arts columnists, commentators, and bloggers; and word-of-mouth promotion by audience members. Since art films have small initial investment costs, they only need to appeal to a small portion of mainstream audiences to become financially viable.Left for Dead (2005 film)
Left for Dead is a 2005 British action film directed by Ross Boyask.Snowfort Pictures
Founded in 2010 by Travis Stevens, Snowfort Pictures is a boutique film production company specializing in the development, financing and production of commercial genre films.
The company's first production was Adam Wingard's A Horrible Way To Die which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was immediately picked up for theatrical distribution by Anchor Bay Entertainment. The film won jury awards for Best Actor (AJ Bowen), Best Actress (Amy Seimetz) and Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett) at the 2010 Fantastic Fest and went on to play numerous festivals around the world.
Additional Snowfort productions include Adam Wingard's "What Fun We Were Having: 4 Stories About Date Rape" that premiered at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival, the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and AFI Film Fest entry "All In All", The Butcher Brothers "The Thompsons" (an international co-production with Lionsgate UK), Frank Pavich's 2013 Cannes Film Festival entry Jodorowsky's Dune (an international co-production with Koch Media in Germany and Camera One in France), SXSW 2012 hit The Aggression Scale from director Steven C. Miller, the SXSW 2013 hit Big Ass Spider! from director Mike Mendez, the SXSW 2013 Audience Award Winner, 2013 Boston Underground Film Festival Director's Choice Award Winner "Cheap Thrills" from director E.L. Katz, Ravi Dhar's arthouse action film "American Muscle", the Hollywood Cult tale Starry Eyes from directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (a co-production with MPI/Dark Sky Films), and 2015 SXSW breakout We Are Still Here from writer/director Ted Geoghegan.
In June 2015, Snowfort Pictures expanded their staff to include Stephanie Trepanier as director of development, David Lawson Jr. as head of production, Alessandro Pulisci as their in-house conventions coordinator
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