Homebrewed 2014

A month's worth of Wednesdays at 6:30pm beginning June 11

The Homebrewed Film Series is Ragtag's fourth annual survey of American microbudget filmmaking. Embracing a vast range of styles and tones, we focus on compelling cinema from talented, idiosyncratic filmmakers who work autonomously. Homebrewed screenings take place at 6:30PM each Wednesday from June 11 through July 2. Before each film begins, Uprise Bakery offers ticket holders a special on a select microbrew beer, and after the film ends, we chat with one of its creators via Skype.

Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for their financial support and to our wonderful neighbors, Uprise Bakery, for their generous contribution.

#1 BLUE RUIN (6/11)
Overnight, a quiet, bearded, Virginia-born drifter (Macon Blair) becomes the terribly ill-equipped protagonist of a classic revenge narrative in this breakout feature from writer-director-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier (who also photographed Homebrewed 2010 selection Putty Hill). As it meticulously inventories the awful, irreparable consequences of violence and gun culture, Blue Ruin forgoes righteous finger-wagging, instead offering nail-biting suspense and even some dark comedy. "A brilliant, slow-burning American revenge thriller. Saulnier is unquestionably channeling the history of American crime cinema here, from film noir to Clint Eastwood to the Coen brothers, and this pulse-pounding, mordant and surprisingly moving breakthrough earns those comparisons." (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon)

A young teenager named Sara grows up on a goat farm in rural Texas. Sara's parents homeschool her, as well as her eleven siblings, while closely adhering to the Bible's teachings. Roberto Minervini, an Italian director who now calls Texas home, spent years getting to know Sara and her family, who all play themselves in this astonishingly intimate, beautiful and tender portrait film. "Minervini's method is a remarkable blend of curiosity and sensitivity, and his intimate outsider's perspective gives the film both dreamlike intensity and documentary immediacy. It is impossible not to feel close to Sara, so close that you experience the world very much as she does." (AO Scott, The New York Times)

#3 DOOMSDAYS (6/25)
In anticipation of an inevitable global crisis, a wisecracking alcoholic named Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and his mysterious, brooding companion Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick, who you might remember as Telly in Larry Clark's Kids) travel up to the Catskill Mountains, where they squat in unoccupied vacation homes. Doomsdays, a dark, "pre-apocalyptic" comedy, follows their adventures. "Defiantly original. It has an uncanny combination of wryness and nihilism. Among the several wonderful things about Doomsdays is its utter unpredictability. Nothing about it is what you expect. This summer, especially, that amounts to a minor revolution in cinema." (John Anderson, Indiewire)

Following her rapturously received performance at True/False 2014, we're thrilled to once again celebrate the work of filmmaker Jodie Mack. Mack uses everyday objects (e.g. posters, foil, shiny giftbags) to create rigorously crafted and yet wonderfully playful abstract animation. Let Your Light Shine consists of five short works designed to simulate the experience of a rock show. The centerpiece, Dusty Stacks of Mom (T/F 2014), is a nonfiction musical (lyrics by Jodie Mack, music by Pink Floyd) about the closing of Mack's mother's poster business, while the program's glorious finale is in 3D. "The films of Jodie Mack are above all else exceptionally beautiful. For all their intellectual depth and richness, perhaps their most valuable quality is in how they aspire to render ordinary objects as completely, utterly extraordinary. " (Calum Marsh, Fandor)