INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING by Zach Weintraub (Olympia, WA)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 7PM
(Zach Weintraub, 2012, Blu-ray, 80 min)
Returning to Local Sightings after his award-winning debut Bummer Summer, Zach Weintraub’s International Sign for Choking allows the viewer room to breathe and reflect as the sumptuous imagery and mood wash over you. Set in Buenos Aires and inspired by his own expat life experiences in Argentina, Choking follows a young American (played by Weintraub himself) who shacks up in a guesthouse and ambles his way through the urban landscape in search of an ex-flame, evading work constraints, befriending local skater-musicians and half-pursuing a courtship with the girl next door (played by American indie darling Sophia Takal). With its Cubist-influenced framings, Weintraub’s mise-en-scene captures a modern foreigner’s sense of alienation. Cinematographer Nandan Rao, whose The Men of Dodge City also makes its world premiere at Local Sightings, frames the film in tight, sun-drenched natural light. Quiet and contemplative, its no wonder Variety critic Robert Koehler dubbed the project “something of a hipster Ozu film.”
Green and Blue Lovers by Jimmy Bontatibus (Seattle, WA)
A 15 year-old girl and her older boyfriend experience relationship turbulence due to conflicts in maturity.
Featuring $3 Delicia de cineastas cocktails courtesy of NÉVÉ, $2 beers courtesy of Naked City Brewing, DJ Randy Allmon of “London Loves” Lo-Fi fame, a grand commencement by Tubaluba and a special tango performance.
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