Opening with a live performance of music, inspired by the film score, by Kelda Cassada, a talented student from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Moderated by Kaz Rahman, video artist and faculty in Film/ Video at the Art Institute
Presented in conjunction with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
“A beautifully composed, unique film that attempts to capture the essence of a rapidly changing (or depending on your perspective, decaying) America, through an unassuming hand-held camera and a cast of characters that brings a degree of sheer realism that makes the film truly a delight to behold.” --Forced Perspective Cinema
2011 Film Independent Spirit Ward
2011 Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” Award, Filmmaker Magazine's Gotham Awards
2011 Audience Award - AFI Fest
2010 Audience Award, Reykjavik International Film Festival
2010 Best Future Film San Diego Asian Film Festival
2010 Special Jury Mention, Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal
2010 Best Future Film (Youth Jury), Rhode Island International Film Festival
2010 Best Screenplay, Rhode Island International Film Festival
2010 Best Actor (Atsuko Okatsuka), BendFilm Festival
When her car breaks down on a sightseeing tour of California, a Japanese student finds herself stranded in the small desert town of Littlerock. Exhilarated by a sudden sense of freedom, she extends her stay in the town better known as a pit stop on the way to the bright lights of LA. She falls into the youth subculture of drugs and sex and alternative rock but amidst the boozy haze, she finds friendship, romance, and the promise of a new home. As she pulls back the layers on this unlikely paradise, she discovers a different America than the one in her dreams.
Michael Ott grew up on the outskirts of Los Angeles in the conservative, desert town of Valencia, California. He graduated with an MFA from the School of FILM/VIDO at the California Institute of the Arts in May of 2005. While at Cal Arts, Mike made a number of short films, as well as directed a handful of music videos for the Seattle based bands Pretty Girls Make Graves (Matador Records) and The Blood Brothers (V2 Records); all of which have gained regular airplay on MTV2 and FUSE. Presently, Mike owns and runs his own record label, Sound Virus Records, where he releases CDs and vinyl for up and coming bands.