Appropriate Behavior
$13 online or at the door
Thursday Jul 31, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:30PMQ&A with filmmaker and lead actress Desiree Akhavan
11:30PMAfter party at Bar Matchless, sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.

VENUE
Greenpoint High School For Engineering and Automotive Technology (Formerly Automotive High School)
On The Lawn
Williamsburg
50 Bedford Ave. at North 13th St., Brooklyn, NY 11222
L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.

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Special Sneak Preview. Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

Preceded by a short film.


THE FILMS

Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan | 82 min.)
We first encounter Shirin--the inappropriate, young, bi-sexual Iranian-American protagonist of Appropriate Behavior--casually walking down a Brooklyn street with a strap-on dildo dangling from her hand. When her first real girlfriend and love, Maxine, breaks up with her, Shirin is forced to candidly reevaluate her entire life, navigate her feelings of abandonment, communicate to her loving yet traditional Persian parents that she likes girls too, and deal with the fact that her brother is marrying a perfect parentally-approved Iranian prize catch.

Her response is to move to Bushwick, rack up a few lovelorn encounters via online dating, attempt a ménage à trois, and continue to avoid coming out to her family. She is caught between identities: modernity vs. tradition, ambition vs. practicality, straight vs. gay, and hope vs. cynicism. Shirin’s management of these human problems in a first-world setting could have made her a difficult character to like, but Akhavan’s subtle performance and sharp writing make her incredibly relatable and undeniably watchable. From the opening scene, Shirin establishes herself as a capable, funny, intelligent, and beautiful woman who could care less about those traits in the face of personal heartache.

Akhavan is perhaps best known as the co-creator and star of the cult web-series The Slope, about “superficial, homophobic lesbians” living in Brooklyn’s Park Slope Neighborhood. With Appropriate Behavior, she expands her unique brand by mining the minutiae of Brooklyn’s cultural world and the characters that inhabit them for incisive, humorous results. Akhavan crafts another portrait of a modern woman stumbling through life's complexities and coming out on the other side bruised, but better and stronger for it. Appropriate Behavior is remarkably assured feature film debut, and Akhavan’s wit, comic timing, and thoughtful honesty leap off the screen from the opening frame through to the end.

-Jeffrey Bowers

Catherine (Dean Fleischer-Camp | 13 min.)
Catherine returns to work after a hiatus. Starring Jenny Slate as the titular character.

MUSIC

Glockabelle
Glockabelle is Annabelle Cazes, an experimental musician and composer based in NYC.

Before becoming the operator of two pocket calculators, Glockabelle attended the École Normale de Musique de Paris and graduated as a classical pianist. Soon after, she was introduced to her first Casio VL-tone and began adapting her classical repertoire to its tiny keys. Her second signature instrument, the glockenspiel, would be mailed to her by her mother. Glockabelle would apply her classical technique to both instruments to create sounds which are rhythmic and whimsical.

The New York Times said about Glockabelle: “We have never seen a glockenspiel played in this manner: not with sticks, but with thimbles on fingertips. That can make for more simultaneous notes. More busy metallic pling.”

Chris Weingarten (Rolling Stone) said: "Glockabelle just took me back to 2001, when "noise punk" required ability, ambition, and executing your crazy ideas."

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