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06/03/15 8:31am
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06/03/2015 8:31 AM |
Portrait by Harvey L. Silver

“One constant is certainly a need for chaos,” wrote Nathan Silver, when I interviewed him about his two newest films. “I love to have things shift and get rerouted as we go; if this doesn’t occur, I get bored. Basically, if I’m not stifling laughter behind the monitor, something’s off.” In Uncertain Terms, now playing at Cinema Village and streaming at Fandor.com, a handyman whose marriage is in crisis decamps to a secluded home for pregnant teenagers, overseen by his aunt (played by Silver’s formidably frank mother Cindy). Set in 1990 and shot on vintage video cameras, Stinking Heaven, which plays at BAMcinemaFest later this month, follows group singalongs and psychosexual power dynamics at a house in Passaic where several lost souls “live together and choose to be sober” (and brew a fermented tea drink in the tub of their shared bathroom). These are the fourth and fifth features directed by the 32-year-old Silver, who lives in Crown Heights; his untitled sixth is in preproduction and he hopes to shoot his seventh, The Perverts, this winter.

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