|8:30pm||Live Music by Ski Lodge|
|11:30pm-1:00am||After-party at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St. @ Grand)|
Lower East Side
350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street
A young, gay New Yorker decides to have a baby with his best friend from college, but neither of them is sure what they really want from the arrangement. Screening on Gay Pride weekend.
Filmmaker Jonathan Lisecki will be in attendance for a Q and A following the screening. After the Q and A there is an after party for all in attendance at Fontana's with complimentary beverages.
Gayby (Jonathan Lisecki | USA | 89 min.)
Celebrate Gay Pride weekend with this truly appropriate selection: Jonathan Lisecki's Gayby is based on a short film of the same name and concerns exactly what the title implies: Young, gay New Yorker Matt (Matthew Wilkas) and old college buddy Jenn (Jenn Harris) decide to have a child together the old-fashioned way -- by having sex. This curious endeavor formed the centerpiece of the acclaimed short film; for Lisecki's feature-length treatment, the arrangement is the starting point for a hilarious exploration of urban archetypes, the neuroses of young people grappling with the pressures of family life, and the impact of sexuality on other facets of daily life. Less satire than a playful encapsulation of real life, Gayby places as much emphasis on the experience of its straight character, Jenn, as it does on Matt. When Jenn puts her career and friendship in jeopardy by indulging in a sordid one night stand, she's forced to contemplate what drove her to desiring motherhood in the first place. Matt faces a similar conundrum: Unsure of his own relationship needs, he begins to question his commitment with Jenn even though it might be too late to back out.
The cast is rounded out by various bit players, including Lisecki himself as a flamboyant source of comic relief, but the movie's real star is its screenplay. Relying on constant one-liners, sparkling wit and awkward refrains, Gayby never slows down to get preachy even as its characters confront real issues. While on the surface Gayby has the buoyancy of a metropolitan sitcom, its status as a charming crowd-pleaser allows its deeper themes about progressive family life to gradually settle in. By the end, Gayby has earned the right to be utterly sweet, heartfelt and wildly entertaining at the same time. Lisecki, making his feature-length directorial debut, announces himself as a strong new voice in American cinema with a resolutely modern eye.
- Eric Kohn
Burt Talks to the Bees (Isabella Rossellini | USA | 2 min.)
Meet the bees—the queen, the workers and the drones—in this wonderfully fantastic and wildly educational series of short films created by Isabella Rossellini, actress, director and uncanny Burt impersonator. Once you meet them, you’ll want to save them too. Visit www.wildforbees.com to see how.
"Ski Lodge is the very new indie pop project of Andrew Marr - previously known as The Clementines. After releasing his first EP under the new moniker via Dovecote Records in September, Marr put together a band and started performing as a quartet. Their self titled debut EP is chock full of jangly indie pop gems with a nostalgic retro vibe. Songs like “A Game” and “I Would Die To Be” are instant pop classics, lighthearted and full of "mid-fi" character. Andrew's songwriting and vocals might recall the simple magic of early The Smiths, while the band's sonics are grounded in the Brooklyn glo-fi sound of the new decade (think Beach Fossils), with occasional tropical references. Though Ski Lodge has only been performing together since September, they’ve instantly become one of the NYC music scene’s favorite live bands, and will be releasing a full length of their bouncy pop in the spring." -The Deli