American Independent Narrative Competition, American Independent Showcase
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Comedian Noël Wells (Saturday Night Live, Master of None) writes, directs, executive-produces and stars in this charming comedy, which garnered her more than one award at SXSW this year. Wells plays Emily, a young comic struggling to make it in Los Angeles. Rejected at audition after audition, she has one claim to fame: an embarrassing YouTube video that has received over 15 million hits.
The illness of Emily's cat, the titular Mr. Roosevelt, takes her back to her college town of Austin, Texas, only to throw her into a warped love triangle with her ex-boyfriend Eric (comedian Nick Thune) and his new girlfriend Celeste. Emily is shocked to find how much New Age Celeste has altered Eric: instead of playing guitar in a rock band, he's in real-estate school. But even as she rails at the changes in her old life, the question arises: does she really want it back?
With a sharp ensemble cast including Emily Browning, Mary-Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny and the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz, writer-director Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel, SDFF34) plumbs the depths of modern domestic despair in all its dark comedy.
Starring Martin Starr, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Kieran Culkin and Kevin Corrigan, this aburdist send-up of contemporary life from director Bob Byington involves babies who don't age, adults who won't grow up and countless mini-comedies of errors.
This dark, claustrophobic satire stars Dylan Baker as Cameron, a lonely businessman celebrating Trump's election in a hotel room after a bitter separation from his wife of 35 years. As the night progresses, friends and strangers come and go, debating politics and what it means to be an American.