Kentucker Audley: NoBudge

Kentucker Audley: NoBudge

Courtesy NoBudge

If Kentucker Audley were just an actor and director, he'd still be one of the more notable figures in the crowd of America's current independent cinema. His emotionally fearless performances in indie gems like Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine (which opens with an intense scene of Audley and Kate Lyn Sheil mud-wrestling) and Charles Poekel's Christmas, Again (in which Audley captures a beautiful, subtle melancholy as a lonesome tree salesman) have marked his as a face to remember. But in addition to this, Audley has emerged as an ambassador for small- budget cinema: In 2011, he launched NoBudge, a free online service that streams new movies for a limited period of time each week. With the hurdles of theatrical distribution increasing all the time, NoBudge stands as a valuable alternative — a way for ambitious, cash-strapped directors to have their work seen and written about without having to worry over the financial and logistical headaches of booking a week-long run in some local venue. Tonight, Audley emcees a special live edition of NoBudge, introducing a lineup of his favorite recent shorts from the website. The respective directors of his choices — Zia Anger (I Remember Nothing), Jake Remington (The Tourist), Lauren Rothery (Shelly), and Erica Genereux Smith (Are You With Me?) — appear in person as well.
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