PROVO

HEART | MIND THE GAP | US

US 2022, 87 min, Director: Emma Thatcher

Writer-director-star Emma Thatcher makes an arresting feature debut with this idiosyncratic love story that’s also a bitingly funny ode to the oddities of the American Midwest, and a lesson in forgiveness. After learning her estranged Mormon father is on his deathbed, self-destructive Liz (Thatcher) leaves her Chicago home, friend-with-benefits Geoffrey (Hunter Bryant) in tow, meaning to give the old man a piece of her mind one last time. What follows is an offbeat road movie, chock-full of witty dialogue, unexpected revelations, and beautiful handheld camerawork that recalls the films of Kelly Reichardt in its grainy golden-hour undertones. It’s difficult to think of another up-and-coming filmmaker as self-assured as Thatcher as she steadily navigates a delicate tightrope of difficult themes and tonal shifts. At once insightful and wistfully funny, the trip to Provo is a journey worth taking. —Aurora Amidon

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PRECEDED BY SHORT FILM SMALL GAY TRAGEDY #1 (Rose Schlossberg, 4 min): When Rose finds new queers in her small town, she can’t believe her eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPECTED GUESTS: PROVO Writer-director-actor Emma Thatcher, Producer Sarah Franke


Showtimes

In-Person


7:30 PM — Rafael 2

1:00 PM — Rafael 3

Virtual


Oct 5, 11:00 PM — Oct 17, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Director

Emma Thatcher is an actor, producer, editor, writer, and director. She has made a number of shorts, including SOOMIN (2018), which won the short film audience award at the 2018 San Francisco Independent Film Festival. PROVO, her first feature, won audience awards at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Wyoming International Film Festival.

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

87

Director:

Emma Thatcher

Producers:

Sarah Franke

Cinematographers:

Neil Shukla

Editors:

Emma Thatcher

Writers:

Emma Thatcher

Cast:

Emma Thatcher, Hunter Bryant, Owais Ahmed

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