Britni West’s directorial debut, which won the Jury Award for Narrative Feature at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, discovers homespun poetry among the good folk of the filmmaker’s native Kalispell, Montana. Kalispell is a small town populated by lonely hearts engaging in awkward one-night stands, children with starry eyes and bruised knees, stock-car drivers, junkyard treasure hunters, and bighorn sheep. Rarely has Big Sky Country cast such a sweetly comic and tender spell. Photographed in Super-16mm by Adam Ginsberg and featuring a mostly nonprofessional cast (with the exception of indie favorite Alex Karpovsky) in semi-fictionalized roles, Tired Moonlight is a sui generis slice of contemporary naturalism. (Text adapted from New Directors/New Films 2015 program notes.)
Organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film.