MIND THE GAP / SPIRIT / US CINEMA
US 2021, 97 min Director Lauren Hadaway
Writer-director Lauren Hadaway’s debut feature takes a fascinating look into the authentic experience of young womanhood: powerful, intense, relentless, and often ruled by self-imposed expectations. Obsessively driven, college freshman Alex is determined to land a spot on the varsity rowing team despite her lack of experience on the water. Against the backdrop of competitive sports, so often the cinematic domain of men, Hadaway shows us just how real it gets when a woman directs the full force of her energy to her ambitions. The winner of the Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film award at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Novice is a rich audiovisual feast of powerful camerawork and electrifying sound design that Hadaway expertly uses to bring us inside Alex’s experience. Strong performances elevate the story, particularly from Isabelle Fuhrman, who brings nuance to a challenging protagonist. We do want Alex to win, which means first getting out of her own way. –Celia C. Peters
We will be joined in person by ZACK ZUCKER, Producer, The Novice for an onstage conversation following the Saturday, Oct 9 screening at Rafael 2.
A 2018 Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellow, Lauren Hadaway is a writer and director who comes from the post-production sound world. She’s from Texas, and she recently relocated to Paris from Los Angeles.
|RUNNING TIME:||97 min|
|PRODUCERS:||Ryan Hawkins, Zack Zucker, Steve Sims, Kari Hollend|