SUPPORT THE GIRLS
August 21, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
Interactive Media Building Screening Room, SCI 106, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Outside the Box [Office] and Magnolia Pictures invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of
Support the Girls
Written and Directed by Andrew Bujalski
Produced by Houston King and Sam Slater
Followed by a Q&A with Andrew Bujalski
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Interactive Media Screening Room, SCI 106
3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
***2018 SXSW Film Festival – World Premiere***
***2018 BAM Cinemafest***
Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, August 24th, 2018
About Support the Girls
Lisa (Regina Hall) is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side "sports bar with curves,"-- but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place, and its customers. An instinctive den mother, she nurtures and protects her ‘girls’ on the staff fiercely -- but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction... Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?
Provided courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Rated R. Running time: 91 minutes.
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About the Guest
ANDREW BUJALSKI (Writer, Director)
Andrew Bujalski's first feature film, Funny Ha Ha, was called one of the most influential films of the '00s by New York Times critic A.O. Scott. He has also written and directed the films Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax, Computer Chess, and Results, which have played festivals worldwide including Sundance and Berlin, as well as the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The Boston Globe describes him as "unerringly polite and somewhat disheveled." He types 89 wpm.
It seems like just about the simplest business concept you could imagine -- "What if all the waitresses in this restaurant wore tight, cleavage-y halter tops?"-- but I couldn't get over how bizarre it ultimately was. No culture besides present-day America would ever produce mass-scale demand for such a place, a business that seems about 10% strip club and 90% TGI Friday's/Applebee's/Chili's/Cracker Barrel. Strippers are supposed to make men feel like badass transgressors. But these women are just supposed to make you feel normal -- the proverbial "red-blooded American male."
You don't see many stories set in this slice of Americana, and with good reason. It does not lend itself to grand dramatic arcs, or, really, to gut-busting comedy. But it certainly is full of contradictions, and incredibly fertile with opportunities for subtle spiritual conflicts. I couldn't pretend to untangle these from an insider's perspective, so I dreamed up a kind of outsider character, Lisa the general manager, to walk in there with a spirit of openness and love -- and plenty of her own pathologies--to see what she might discover in there. While it is a very specific story in many ways, I hope that anyone who's ever worked for a living will relate. Most of us have to buy/sell one crazy "concept" or another to pay our bills, and some days, you're not sure if your humor and dignity will survive to the end of the shift...
- Andrew Bujalski
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