Tribeca Film Festival Midnight Movies: Mr. Jones And Fresh Meat
The Tribeca Film Festival has a lot of fun with their Midnight movie slate. This year, we've enjoyed the outrageous found footage anthology V/H/S/2 as well as the telekinetic kid tale Dark Touch. So, I went into two other flicks from the Midnight selection with high hopes. Happily, neither Mr. Jones nor Fresh Meat disappointed as each offered its own unique take on after hours terror.
Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Karl Mueller, Mr. Jones is an inventive interpretation of the found footage genre that unfolds a wild fantasy story about the cannibalistic nature of art. Penny and Scott (Sarah Jones and Jon Foster) are lovers who have come to a remote cabin so that the latter can kick his inner demons (vaguely established as they may be) while working on a nature documentary. Penny, a professional photographer, puts her life and work on hold for her partner, but begins to resent him as he loses focus and drive. Scott laments to one of his confessional camera that he doesn't know what his partially conceived doc is about just as Mr. Jones enters his life and changes everything.
"Mr. Jones" is the name given to an elusive and anonymous folk art sculptor whose creepy scarecrows rose to prominence when he sent them to random recipients back in the 1970s. Enthralled when she uncovers this reclusive icon's new works, Penny declares they have stumbled across an incredible opportunity, "like finding out your neighbor is J.D. Salinger, or Banksy!" She urges Scott to make his doc about Mr. Jones, while she'll photograph his latest scarecrows for a coffee table book. But as they greedily take inspiration from Mr. Jones' art to create their own, the couple uncovers the artist's unbelievable secret identity. This builds to a mind-bending finale that is fun, frightening, and fascinating.
Mr. Jones has scored distribution, so watch our for it!
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