“A comedy that gets to have it both ways as a hysterically funny character study and an ethereal rumination on mortality, responsibility and finding one’s place in the world, “Pincus” is transcendent in nearly every way.”

“In the film’s own lyric, delicate way, the character played by Nordstrom…seems to be on something of a collision course with himself.”

“Beautifully shot by Fenster, and minimally but exquisitely scored by John Wood, the deadpan episodic storyline thrums with a formalist glow that imbues Pincus’ low-key existential bewilderment with a sense of impending revelation—a promise fulfilled by one of the most satisfyingly anti-climactic denouements ever filmed, which manages to veer Fenster’s improvisational autobiographical naturalism toward a magic realism worthy of Vittorio de Sica’s ‘Miracle in Milan’.”

Best Performance by an Actor – David Nordstrom in PINCUS “Although there was an embarrassment of riches when it came to exceptional performances on display at this year’s LA Film Festival, the true tour de force came from festival alum David Nordstrom (Sawdust City).”

INDIEWIRE Sophia Savage
“This surprisingly moving drama reads like a documentary…as it follows its titular lead character through an often hilarious personal journey.”

TWITCH Chase Whale
“I fell in love with PINCUS…”

VERY AWARE Courtney Howard
4 out of 5 stars “…this is a raw, uncut festival gem that’s a poignant and morbidly humorous look at life juxtaposed with the setting of imminent death.”

MATT’S MOVIES Matt Holzman
“Light as a feather yet powerful in it’s own quiet way…this is the very definition of a successful, low-budget indie movie.”

FILMMAKER Michael Nordine
“Fenster intersperses these domestic scenes with some genuinely striking underwater sequences…These shots — as well as some oddly intense yoga scenes — heighten the film’s air of unease, which slowly comes to a boil throughout.”

LIVING IN CINEMA Craig Kennedy and Jackson Truax
“David Fenster’s Pincus serves as a shining beacon of truly independent filmmaking, and what film festivals celebrate when at their best.”

“In David Fenster’s Pincus, Dietmar Franusch brings to life an archetypal character for our times…He cuts through the doubts and pretense of the film’s other characters by just being beautifully genuine and human.”

“The intimacy and family-aesthetic make you feel like you’re watching home-movies — albeit particularly poignant ones — yet you’re clearly being guided along a subtle narrative.”

“Pincus is undoubtedly a truly original piece of work, making Fenster one of the most interesting young director/writers to come out of the US in recent years.”


LA WEEKLY Scott Foundas
“…an evocation of the desolate road poetry remembered from the best films of Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch. Fenster seems to say that you can feel as alone in the city as you can in the desert, and he has a pretty original way of saying it.”

VARIETY Robert Koehler
“Defiantly minimalist, David Fenster’s ‘Trona’ marks a striking feature debut by a filmmaker with a taste for moribund humor and the ironies of the American Dream.”

CINEMATICAL Karina Longworth
“…expansive in scale and complex in content, it’s an almost-silent film full of gorgeous, tightly composed set pieces, and buttered with an seemingly endless supply of great visual jokes.”

CINEMATICAL (The Seven Best Films of 2005 That You Haven’t Seen) Karina Longworth
“#1…’Trona’ not only has its cake and eats it too, but it does so on a tightrope whilst juggling chainsaws. Plus, it looks great.”


BAD LIT Mike Everleth
“‘The Livelong Day’ paints a sensitive and intimate portrait of the model train enthusiast. At the end of the film, we may not feel connected to living the train lifestyle, but we at least can comprehend, understand and appreciate it on an emotional level.”


“…this weekend, Machine Project launches a two-week mycological affair that brazenly celebrates mushrooms, molds and other members of the oft-maligned fungus kingdom.”

LA WEEKLY Willy Blackmore
“…last Saturday night at Machine Project, there was only mushrooms. Mushrooms on film, made out of paper, soaked in booze. Multiple iterations of mushrooms. And apparently, mushrooms still pull in the art crowd: it was a full house.”