2012 Summer Festival
Sleepwalk with Me by Mike Birbiglia
Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It’s also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by “This American Life.” The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. SLEEPWALK WITH ME features Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Carol Kane (“Taxi”), James Rebhorn (“Meet the Parents”), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway’s “Once”), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.
KLOWN by Mikkel Nogaard
KLOWN follows two wildly inappropriate friends — played by celebrated international comedians Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen — as they run amok through the Danish countryside, plowing through endless awkward confrontations and unspeakable debaucheries. Hopelessly wrongheaded Frank “kidnaps” the 12-year-old nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential, and they join sex-crazed Casper on his secret adulterous weekend canoe trip. Rampaging through exclusive brothels, hospitalizations, armed robberies and even prison, the three paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to the next, all culminating in a surprisingly sentimental portrait of friendship and a final shocking reveal that you’ll never be able to unsee.
2012 Short Film Program
THE CHAIR by Grainger David
THE CHAIR is the story of a mysterious outbreak of poisonous mold in a small town and one boy’s attempt to understand his mother’s death, his grandmother’s obsession with their discarded recliner, and the roots of this short-lived, strange, and inexplicable plague. David says, “I have always been interested in the way our childhood memories are distorted and exaggerated over time, particularly when they stem from tragic events or collide with our own dark fascinations. I grew up in coastal South Carolina, where the landscape can seem laced with a feeling of mystery and menace. The natural world seems particularly alive in certain parts of the rural South – humid, hungry, ever-encroaching. It seems aware of our history, our problems. It seems to remind us of them at every turn.” The film was Nominated for the Palme D’Or at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, won the Short Film Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival as well as the Short Film Jury Prize at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.
Fishing without Nets by Cutter Hodierne
After becoming obsessed with the subject of Somali Pirates, director Cutter Hodierne, along with producers John Hibey and Raphael Swann embarked on a journey to East Africa to research piracy and make a film. What began as a five week trip, turned into three and half months of being robbed, scammed and briefly jailed, before the team returned with a finished film. The movie is cast entirely with Somali-refugees found on the streets of Mombasa, Kenya. It was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Hodierne is now making this into a feature film.
A Brief History of John Baldessari by HENRY JOOST & ARIEL SCHULMAN
HENRY JOOST & ARIEL SCHULMAN met in high school. They have been filmmaking partners since 2006 and founded the New York City production company Supermarché. A BRIEF HISTORY OF JOHN BALDESSARI, narrated by Tom Waits, premiered at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in November 2011.
The Vacuum Kid by KATI MAHALIC
Imagine being 12-years-old and the owner of more than 160 vacuum cleaners. Imagine that your hobby and passion brought you into a world of entertainment, celebrities and game shows. Imagine being Kyle Krichbaum. This ten-minute documentary is about a 5th grade boy from Michigan who stands up for what he believes in – his love for the vacuum cleaner. What started out as an obsession that Kyle’s family was sure he would outgrow, has now made him into a source of pride and curiosity. But it’s not always easy being a town celebrity. Kyle understands something many people never do – when you love something, no matter how much heartache it might cost you, the love is worth the risk. THE VACUUM KID was nominated for the Gold Hugo award at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2011.