GRANADA // Saturday MAY 9 // 8:10PM
(Skype Q&A with Director)
dir. Alison Bagnall
2015, USA, 86min, Narrative Feature
Gene spends his days canvassing about childhood obesity. One day he canvasses Titty, an emotionally-arrested 19-year-old who has successfully sued his own father to win back a large inheritance and gotten himself disowned in the process.
After graduating from Yale University, Alison Bagnall studied directing at AFI under Dan Petrie Sr. (Raisin in the Sun, Fort Apache the Bronx, Sybil). Alison burst onto the indie film scene with BUFFALO ‘66, which she co-wrote with Vincent Gallo. The film premiered in competition at Sundance and went on to an award winning run at dozens of international festivals. The film developed an avid cult following that has made a lasting impression on the landscape of independent film. Her directorial debut was the refreshingly off kilter one way love story, PIGGIE, which has been described as “x-ray(ing) the psyches of characters obsessed with the essence of things” (Joshua Land, Village Voice). More recently, Bagnall directed THE DISH AND THE SPOON, which was warmly received at its SXSW premiere and was acquired for North American distribution by Screen Media. The film – a New York Times Critics Pick – stars a veritable roster of rising stars and indie veterans, including Greta Gerwig, Olly Alexander, and Amy Seimetz. In her upcoming film — a serious comedy called FUNNY BUNNY — Bagnall looks to focus her lens on the alarming realities of factory farming and childhood obesity, and the amusing lengths three characters go to in order to stop them.
“Bagnall displays a deft touch for handling the internal and external turmoil of her characters as they desperately try to connect with one another and the occasional activist cause at large.”
— Sarah Salovaara, Filmmaker Magazine
Preceded by short film WORLD OF TOMORROW (dir. Don Hertzfeldt)