Dance Party USA (film)
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|Dance Party USA|
|Directed by||Aaron Katz|
|Produced by||Brendan McFadden
|Written by||Aaron Katz|
|Music by||Keegan DeWitt|
|Release dates||March 12, 2006|
|Running time||67 min.|
The film took nearly two years to complete. Katz explained the reason for such as being due to the film's editor, Zach Clark, living in Virginia while he lived in Brooklyn. Clark would send edited footage on a DVD to Katz, who would then respond by sending notes to Clark.
The film debuted at the 2006 South by Southwest Film Festival and subsequently played at almost a dozen other festivals around the country and a two-week exclusive run at the Pioneer Theatre in New York City.
The New York Times stated that "Dance Party USA is a remarkably delicate construction, directed with extraordinary empathy by Aaron Katz." In addition, The New York Sun placed it at number nine on their Top 10 Films of 2006 list and critic Amy Taubin lauded it in Art Forum, saying it was "in her pantheon of coming of age films".
The film and director have also been mentioned by the media as an important part of the "mumblecore" movement in independent cinema that also includes Joe Swanberg, Andrew Bujalski and Jay Duplass, many of whom got their first exposure at SXSW.
Apathetic 17-year-old Gus spends most of his time hanging around doing nothing with his buddy Bill. Gus likes to tell half-true stories about all the girls he’s slept with and all the drugs he’s done. Jessica is seventeen too. She doesn't seem to have much in common with anyone anymore – not even her best friend Christie. Every year this one guy Brian throws a 4th of July party. The party’s never that great, but there's free beer, so people always go. Gus and Jessica meet each other there. They watch fireworks outside and light sparklers. Gus says that he's not the sort of guy she thinks he is. He tells her a secret he has never told anyone before.
- Armstrong, Josh E (2008-03-11). "Aaron Katz talks Dance Party, Quiet City". ConversationalBall.com. Retrieved 2008-03-12.