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Below Dreams / It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

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July 22, 2022 - 7:30 pm


Below Dreams

U.S., 2014

Adapted from interviews she conducted with passengers she met on a Greyhound bus traveling from New York to New Orleans, director Garrett Bradley’s impressive feature debut follows three 20-somethings—an unemployed father, a single mom and a new transplant from New York—on parallel journeys into adulthood as differently inflected by their various experiences of race, class and gender. Through Bradley’s keen and poetic sense of place and time, New Orleans itself, a city in transition, becomes a character in the film presenting obstacles and inspiration, dead ends and leaping off points. Altogether, it’s a kaleidoscopic vision of the intermingling of inner and outer worlds that pointed towards Bradley’s groundbreaking work to come, including her extraordinary Oscar-nominated feature documentary, Time (2020).

Digital file, color, 82 min. Director: Garrett Bradley. Screenwriter: Garrett Bradley. With: Elliott Ehlers, Jamaine Johnson, Rebecca Matalon.


It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

U.S., 1988

Before achieving international acclaim with Slacker, Richard Linklater made this startling and little-seen precursor in Super 8mm on a budget of $3,000, shooting and starring in the film himself—often by turning the camera on and walking into the scene. It loosely follows slacker Linklater’s travels across the country, and his meetings with friends and strangers. But the real tale is in its depiction of that moment some find in their 20s, when one is adrift in the world with time aplenty and no real destination. Linklater walks through it all in a dream. Outsider musician Daniel also makes an appearance.

DCP, color, 86 min. Director: Richard Linklater. Screenwriter: Richard Linklater. With: Richard Linklater, Daniel Johnston.