April 13, 2013 · 7:30 PM
Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, April 13 (read further for film synopsis)! Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation (last minute cancellations are not uncommon so watch your e-mail closely, especially the last week & day before an event). We are right on the rail! Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for railing or driving in) over e-mail the day before.
There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring a finger-food hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie - no chips/cookies/desserts etc. please) for twelve and a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic bubbly) to share. Dessert will be provided. (Other notes about hor d'oeuvres, ovens & such appear under the gray "About Us" tab on the left side of this page, and photos of guest food contributions can be seen under the blue "Photos" tab on top of the page.) If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No as soon as possible (preferably a week in advance or sooner) so someone on the waiting list to be notified in time to change their plans. Please arrive no later than 7:50 (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin promptly at 8:00.
So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!
Night, Mother (1986) is a non-independent film that is more like an independent film than most independent films. So I am screening it on our next indie film night -- because I can! Imagine if someone you loved told you that s/he was going to commit suicide, but only told you out of genuine care, so they would have a little time to help you prepare. This play written for the screen, follows a mother and daughter for two very crucial, heartbreaking, but moving hours.
If you have seen this play or film (starring Anne Bancroft and Sissy Spacek), I need say no more. If you haven't, know that even though the film is centered in one kitchen and consists of dialogue between two characters, even my students were intrigued and voted it as the most influential and thought-provoking film they have seen yet this year. It is beautifully sad and a moving testimony of both the strength and fragility of human nature.