Directed by Joseph Culp (USA)
Closing Night Film + Q&A with lead actor Timothy Bottoms + after party to follow
Date: Sun 28th August
Time: 7.15pm (running time 2:10 followed by Q&A – after party to follow)
Location: Hollywood Cinema Screen 3, Anglia Square, Norwich NR3 1DZ (click here for more venue information)
After party at Take 5, 17 Tombland, Norwich NR3 1HF
Tickets: Film only: £5 in advance, £7 at the door, Film + After Party: £8 from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2567653 or After Party Only: £5 on the door.
Watch the trailer now:
The ensemble cast:
Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show, The Paper Chase, Johnny Got His Gun)
Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day, Californication)
David Clennon (The Thing, Gone Girl)
Mackenzie Astin (The Last Days of Disco)
Joseph Culp (Mad Men)
Phil Abrams (Parenthood)
Terence Rotolo (Master and Commander)
Ali Saam (Argo)
This film now has select commercial screenings in theaters across France and the UK.
I was initially going to write from my own perspective why each film is important in the chosen programming of the festival…I believe the following statement from director, Joseph Culp, says it all. This film is a hybrid genre, it has comedic moments and more heartfelt, but it is still radical in its issues…Men’s health and how masculinity is defined and re-defined lately is a conversation that this film addresses perfectly. That conversation will continue after the screening with star, Timothy Bottoms in attendance. – Director of Programming- Alexandra Nakelski
Men seek spiritual connection and support. It is often quite natural for women to come together and share their feelings, but for most men this is still a new idea. Men should have a place beyond the local bar or card game to find out what is really going on with each other. Men must adapt to changing messages of being a man today, but where will they share their confusion and their questions honestly?
The feminist movement changed a lot for women’s roles, and it is still evolving, and men are learning to change as well. How is it if a woman makes more money than a man? Men are taking care of children more and more. The tough persona of the man who does not talk about his feelings is disappearing. John Wayne is long dead. But men don’t want to be feminized either – they want to maintain a connection to what makes them truly male. There are men’s groups all over the world that are trying to discover that original male energy by coming together to share their stories and support each other in a new way.
Men are still caught between the “civilized” man vs. the “savage” man – between intellectual sensitivity and also the impulse for violence. There needs to be more honest conversation between men, more vulnerability, more trust. I hope this film will bring more permission to have this conversation. The film is about the need for connection and it shows both the dark and light sides of men. Ultimately, the film has a positive message about the potential for honesty and change. – Joseph Culp (co-writer/director)