We are proud to present two narrative feature films straight from Park City. First up on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. is “Best Friends Forever.”
Harriet, a comic book artist with a secret, and her reckless BFF, Reba, take their ’76 AMC Pacer on the open road and their friendship gets a wild ride towards an impending nuclear apocalypse.
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is a clever dark comedy and heartfelt road trip buddy film wrapped in an apocalyptic disaster story, with two badass girls. Harriet, a perpetually optimistic comic-book artist, dreams of escaping her past in Los Angeles and hits the road for a new life in Austin, Texas. She drags Reba, her seemingly devil-may-care BFF, along for the ride. In the hush period following mysterious nuclear explosions, the girls are forced to ask: When faced with the end of the world – what is most important to you?
Producer and actor Stacey Storey will be in attendance for a Q&A.
See the trailer here.
On Saturday at 7:15 p.m. is Sundance winner “This is Martin Bonner.” We are especially excited to screen Chad Hartigan’s second feature as we also showed his first film “Luke and Brie are on a First Date” at a previous OFF.
The striking sophomore film of writer/director Chad Hartigan, THIS IS MARTIN BONNER is a warm and perceptive meditation on friendship, human connection and getting a second chance at life. Fifty-something Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhorn) leaves his old life behind and relocates to Reno, where he finds work helping released prisoners transition to life on the outside, while trying his hand at speed dating and passing time as a soccer referee on weekends. Meanwhile, Travis Holloway (Richmond Arquette) has just been released from prison after serving 12 years. Surprising both of them, Travis and Martin form an unlikely friendship that offers them reciprocal support and understanding.
Quietly observational and naturalistic, the film features noteworthy breakthrough performances from Eenhoorn and Arquette who approach their characters with a lived-in sense of low-key restraint.
Shot on location in Reno, NV, the film’s stunning visuals create an undercurrent theme of finding beauty in the unexpected.
Director Chad Hartigan, Keegan Dewitt (score) and Jeffrey Ruggles (producer) will be in attendance for the Q&A.
See the trailer here.