Directed by Meredith Danluck
Produced by Matthew Shattuck
Cinematography by Jake Burghart
Editing by Eileen Kennedy
Music by John Fraser Carpenter
Cast: Ben Foster, James Penfold, Sue Galloway, Erik Quintana
This immersive four-screen feature film installation by Meredith Danluck, shot on location in Detroit, Michigan, and Marfa, Texas, is a fun and feverish ride, a remarkable achievement in multi-linear storytelling and pop-culture black
comedy. North of South, West of East will screen daily during the Nov. 6-10 festival in the Cinema 16 gallery to an audience of 25 people seated on swivel chairs, surrounded by four screens.
North of South, West of East is a unique cinematic event that tells four stories, but is one coherent film, with plots that are compelling, funny, twisted and insightful. A portrait of post-modern America (or “post-hope,” as Danluck describes it), the four cardinal directions of the title imply both a sprawling cross-continental landscape film and a film located exactly nowhere (where is “north of south”?). The four characters represent archetypes of American struggle: the auto-worker (Ben Foster) and the cowboy (James Penfold), the out-of-work actress (Sue Galloway) and the hustling immigrant (Erik Quintana). Each are comically out of step with the times, stumbling into epiphanies. Galloway’s disarmingly dim-witted ways lead her on a misguided Mary Kay makeup mission, but when she’s literally run off the road, she discovers her inner sassiness. Foster’s gas-huffing grease monkey is clearly looking to delude himself, but uncovers within the underbelly of Americana a genuine weirdness he could never fantasize.
Inspired equally by late-night television and avant-garde cinema, in dividing the viewer’s attention Danluck creates an experience that is fragmented and ephemeral, fitting for the story’s themes. Like the characters on their road trips, the audience has agency in their choices — but you’re just as likely to disappear into your lifelong dream as you are to get smacked in the face with cold french fries. Either way, it could only happen here, wherever here is, in America.” (Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Rooftop Films).
Part of “Cinema on the Verge,” which highlights the most adventurous film and installation work by experimental media artists.
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Nov 2-5 noon – 7:00 PM
Nov 6 noon – 4:00 PM
Nov 7-8 noon – 11:00 PM
Nov 9-10 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM