SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
7:30PM Paramount Theatre Charlie Kaufman in attendance
Theater director Caden Cotard’s life in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his body’s autonomic functions. Worried about the transience of his life, he moves his theater company to a warehouse in New York City. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside.
(P.S. Today’s word on dictionary.com is synecdoche – coincidence?)
THE THACKER CASE
7PM Regal Arbor Cinema Filmmakers in attendance
A controversial wrongful death suit in a small town is the backdrop to AFF alum Brian Jun’s The Thacker Case, the follow-up to his 2006 festival hit Steel City. When the body of Kevin Thacker is discovered behind the police station after he is brought in for drunk driving, the stories simply don’t add up to the accidental death the police claim. His parents bring a young attorney onto the case to try to find justice for their son. Jun’s feature has a new take on the classic courtroom procedural, mixing in the gritty realism of New Hollywood with a moving family story.
7PM Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center
Filmmakers in attendance
Joe is a suburban convenience store clerk with big dreams of becoming a cowboy. After packing his boots and moving to South Texas to learn from the real deal, Joe’s ideal of the mythic cowboy is shattered when he finds himself holed up in a town that survives on a human smuggling trade. His beliefs turned upside down, Joe is ready for anything when approached by a mysterious fugitive offering help and advice. An epic, twisting, heartfelt ride through the immigration dilemma, Cowboy Smoke forces its characters to come to their own terms with right and wrong and, ultimately, what it means to be a cowboy.
9:15PM Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center
Filmmakers in attendance
Some cowboys never learn. In the Texas hill country of the 1870’s a man is losing his ranch. And it’s largely his fault. There’s some dirty money tied up in it all. Fights between old friends. And a buzzard of a man steals a girl. It’s a Texas horse opera – a digital dime novel shot in the places where the old west really was, by people who live up the Chisolm Trail. The western has come home. With that rare indie cast of seasoned actors in their forties, fifties and sixties this is the tall tale that dares to ask “Why do bad things happen to funny people?”
SITA SINGS THE BLUES
9:15PM Bob Bullock Spirit Theater
Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”