With the 2010 Sundance Film Festival only a few days away, folks are scurrying to figure out their schedules and book interviews and buy snow boots. It's so insane and so hectic, I heard 10 seconds with Kristen Stewart was going for five grand on eBay (but that's just a rumor). Amidst the swag booths and celebrity firepower, though, are the smaller films in competition -- most of which feature actors, actresses, writers and directors you've probably never heard of before. One of those writer-directors on the verge of breaking out is a guy named Drake Doremus, whose film Douchebag is screening in U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year's fest.
Doremus has been around the festival scene for awhile now; first with his short film The Shirt, and then with a feature called Spooner. But now he's finally upgraded to a prime spot at Sundance, and I see no reason why he won't be directing bigger films with more well-known casts in the years to come. But first, Douchebag follows two brothers who hate each other, yet somehow find themselves on a road trip to find the younger brother's fifth grade girlfriend. For more, check out our Sundance Primer on Douchebag, which features The Shirt, as well a very cool music video Doremus recently directed.
Cinematical was lucky enough to score the first clip from Douchebag prior to its premiere at the festival. Check it out after the jump, along with Sundance's "Meet the Artists" interview with Doremus.
The week Sam Nussbaum is to be married, his fiancée questions why his only brother, Tom, isn't coming to the wedding. Unsatisfied with his lame reply, she surprises Sam by bringing the brothers together. Sam is not happy, but he rarely is-unless he's telling someone what to do. When it's revealed that Tom has only been in love once-with his fifth-grade girlfriend-Sam insists they go find her. It soon becomes evident that their journey is simply an excuse for Sam to avoid his impending commitment.
If you haven't deciphered the derivation of the title by now, stick with it. The fresh writing and original characters will reveal it all. Douchebag will make you squirm, laugh, and get pissed off-all at the same time. Outstanding breakout performances bring an authenticity that would be impressive even from seasoned actors. Drake Doremus's clever, straightforward filmmaking keeps the story buzzing in this offbeat comedy that gives a modern twist to sibling rivalry.