Friday, March 1, 2013 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Cinema Curiosa, a film series presented by the Traverse Area District Library dedicated to experimental, archival and uncompromising documentary titles that challenge and enrich, is pleased to present winner of the 2011 Tribeca film festival documentary competition and a festival hit around the world, Bombay Beach.
True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Alma Har'el crafts an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film telling the story of of three protagonists: Benny Parrish, a young boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder whose troubled soul and vivid imagination create both suffering and joy for him and his complex and loving family. CeeJay Thompson, a black teenager and aspiring football player who has taken refuge in Bombay Beach hoping to avoid the same fate of his cousin who was murdered by a gang of youths in Los Angeles. And that of Red, an ancient survivor, once an oil field worker, living on the fumes of whiskey, cigarettes and an irrepressible love of life.
Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea's land of thwarted opportunity. The rusting relic of a failed 1950s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren Californian landscape often seen as a symbol of the failure of the American Dream. A sea in the middle of the Colorado desert.
"Hybrid doc knockout!" - Village Voice
“A beautiful, quirky, and ultimately very moving film about the American Dream as it teeters on the edge of a desert sea.” - Terry Gilliam
"A mosaic that evokes the three ages of man in a postapocalyptic America." - NY Times
"Alma Har’el! Stunningly shot, formally audacious, Bob Dylan and Beirut scored! Bombay Beach won the grand prize in the international documentary competition. Recalling the work of Harmony Korine, Larry Clark, Lynne Ramsay, David Gordon Green, Charles Burnettand, Gus Van Sant (just to name a few), it announces a major new directorial talent in Har’el !" - Filmmaker Magaziner