What happens when a small group of geeks decide to make a documentary about their own recruitment into the ranks of the CIA in order to make a film about the Apollo 11 Moon landing? Extremely creative and unpredictable young director Matt Johnson (The Dirties) decided to give this a shot by playing the role of a mockdocumentary filmmaker and going back in time to 1969. The main goal was to prove, following the example of Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, that it was all one big, crafted hoax, and that NASA is actually crawling with Soviet spies. Using found footage, Johnson manipulates images and uses them for his own nefarious purposes. Where is the line between fiction and reality? And what about the American moon landing? And above all, who was Stanley Kubrick really? A capable director deftly manipulates content and form, and disregarding all conventions, provides some wacky entertainment for cineophiles. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, after which Vulture wrote that Operation Avalanche is an act of movie love.
A native of Canada, Matt Johnson is a 30-year-old screenwriter and director who loves improvisation, hidden cameras, and unannounced filming. That was how he shot his online mockumentary Nirvana The Band The Show, as well as his famous feature debut, The Dirties, for which he received numerous awards, including at the festival in Toronto and at Slamdance. His creative work is characterized by its spontaneity and authenticity, and some critics already see in him the next Quentin Tarantino or Kevin Smith.
2013 The Dirties
2016 Operation Avalanche