What Is Mumblecore Film Genre? 8 Mumblecore Movies
by Eguaogie Eghosa Nov 18, 2021 Views (190)
Mumblecore is an American independent cinema subgenre defined by low budgets, genuine speech and character portrayal, and handheld camerawork. Although the movement was ephemeral, it had a lasting impact outside of the indie cinema sector, and many of its members have continued to work in the industry, with some achieving considerable Hollywood success.

A Brief History of Mumblecore
Mumblecore is a subgenre of indie films that originated in the United States. Low-budget films and reality television gave rise to this short-lived genre:

Early influences include Richard Linklater's Slacker (1990) and John Cassavetes' films, both of which were shot on a shoestring budget and focused on genuine performances. These films are considered forerunners of the mumblecore subgenre. Mumblecore has also been influenced by reality television shows such as The Real World (1992–2019).

Mumblecore: Eric Masunaga, the film's sound mixer, coined the term "mumblecore" to describe the extraordinarily lifelike language in Andrew Bujalski's Mutual Appreciation (2005).

Similar films began to show up at indie film festivals around the country shortly after, most notably at the South by Southwest film festival (SXSW) and the Sundance Film Festival.

Mumblecore Filmmakers: Various filmmakers working with ultra-low budgets and documentary-like production values were labelled as mumblecore filmmakers throughout the next few years, although there was no established school or declaration of aim.

3 Characteristics of Mumblecore
Mumblecore films can be distinguished by a few commonalities:

1. Low budgets:
While the mumblecore aesthetic is most commonly associated with digital filmmaking, several older films, such as Andrew Bujalski's Funny Ha Ha (2002), were filmed on 16mm film. Mumblecore films are generally low-budget and use borrowed settings, even when they are shot on expensive films. Mumblecore films occasionally include scenes from the actors' real-life homes.

2. Naturalism:
Relationships are prized in Mumblecore films. Rather than relying on conversation and action to convey important plot details, mumblecore directors focus on everyday life. Naturalistic dialogue is created by displaying people's speech and behaviour as they would be in real life.

3. Personal/Confessional:
Mumblecore filmmakers make films on their own life as well as the lives of their acquaintances. The stories usually centre on the job and personal life of the youthful people, as well as their attempts (often unsuccessful) to break into the adult world and manage romantic and friendship relationships.

5 Notable Mumblecore Filmmakers:
Not all mumblecore directors have accepted the moniker, but here are some of the most well-known:

1. Andrew Bujaiski:
After his films Funny Ha Ha (2002) and Mutual Appreciation (2003), Andrew Bujalski was labelled the "godfather of mumblecore" (2005). Beeswax (2009), Computer Chess (2013), Results (2015), and Support the Girls are just a few of his other projects (2018).

2. Joe Swanberg:
Joe Swanberg has twenty-one movies to his credit, including Kissing on the Mouth (2005), Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), Nights and Weekends (2008), Uncle Kent (2011), and Happy Christmas (2012). (2014). He developed a television series for Netflix called Easy (2016–2019) while shooting his features fast on a variety of budgets.

3. Mark and Jay Duplass:
Since their debut with The Puffy Chair (2005), the Duplass brothers have gone on to work with larger budgets and more mainstream performers, such as John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill in their film Cyrus (2010). Baghead, a mumblecore-horror mashup, was also created by them (2008).

4. Lynn Shelton:
Before she died in 2020, Lynn Shelton produced a body of work that was internationally admired. Her mumblecore roots are evident in films like Humpday (2009), Your Sister's Sister (2011), and Sword of Trust (2019).

5. Aaron Katz: 
Aaron Katz's first feature, Dance Party USA, premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival, and he followed it up with Quiet City in 2007. He's gone on to make three more feature films since then.

8 Quintessential Mumblecore Films: 
The mumblecore genre is exemplified by the following films from the 2000s:

1. Andrew Bujalski's debut film, Funny Ha Ha (2002)
Stars a cast of Bujalski's friends and acquaintances and follows Marnie, a young lady navigating the hurdles of post-college love and job.

2. Mutual Appreciation (2005)
Is Bujalski's follow-up to his 2002 debut, and it follows a young musician who is dealing with a breakup while creating a new band.

3. Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)
This exemplar of the genre involves extended, rambling, semi-improvised dialogues about life and relationships, directed by Joe Swanberg and co-written by him and star Greta Gerwig. Andrew Bujalski, Ry Russo-Young, and Mark Duplass, all-important mumblecore figures, appear in the film.

4. The Puffy Chair (2005)
Is a film that was released in 2005. The tense connection between characters played by Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton is the subject of this low-budget road movie by the Duplass Brothers.

5. Humpday (2009)
Is a comedy mumblecore film directed by Lynn Shelton about two straight male friends who make a drunken pact to make a pornographic film starring themselves, and it chronicles the consequences of their actions on their relationships with each other and the people in their lives.

6. Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
After a one-night stand, two Black twenty-somethings explore life, politics, and the prospect of romance in Barry Jenkins' directorial debut, 

7. Tiny Furniture (2010)
Lena Dunham, who went on to develop HBO's Girls (2012–2017), made her directorial debut with this film about a young woman's professional and love struggles in New York City.

8. Drinking Buddies (2013)
Was director Joe Swanberg's first big-budget film, and it starred Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston, and Anna Kendrick.

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