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Indie Film: My First Mister!

  • Downtown Tempe

    RSVPs will be e-mailed address & parking 1 day before,, Downtown Tempe, AZ (map)

    33.407906 -111.960297

  • We will greet you at the door!

    Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, December 8 (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 group description "Read More About Us" tab on the left side of our home page & photos of guest food contributions can be seen under photos.)  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!


    My First Mister (2001) is an original little film about trust and friendship between two unlikely people: "J," an anti-social, Goth teenager loaded with multiple piercings, a fascination with death, self-mutilation behaviors, and trust issues, and "R," a middle-aged, overweight, conservative store manager who is likewise entrapped in his own self-made prison. After an initial, very believable, negative encounter, R is the first man who shows J some respect, which ultimately leads to a mutually-liberating friendship defined by respect and trust (thus the somewhat misleading title, "My First Mister").

    I love the two main characters in this film, and the sensitivity with which their relationship is dealt. I love the symbolism: E.g., how J's outward appearance is clearly a defensive barrier designed to keep others out (but ultimately entraps her within), and how R's store mannequins reflect his numb existence. I love how both characters evolve and grow significantly. And I love how these evolutions are never overplayed, but instead are presented with exquisite subtlety, honesty and realism.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It has been a while so I will be getting up early on Saturday to make some quiche with green olives and yellow peppers.

    December 5, 2012


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