The Museum of Modern Art and IFP’s Screen Forward series present a weeklong presentation of Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands's feature debut Uncertain—previously featured in the 2015 edition of MoMA's annual Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near series. Uncertain, Texas (population 94), is the obscure home of the film's three protagonists. Seventy-four-year-old Henry's precarious living as a fisherman is threatened by a gradual parasitic infestation of the town's lake. Hunting for sport rather than sustenance, middle-aged ex-con Wayne spends his nights waiting with a rifle, and infinite patience, to kill "Mr. Ed," a legendarily large wild boar. And 21-year-old diabetic Zach kills small-town boredom and personal angst by drinking so prodigiously his doctor warns he'll be dead by 35. Uncertain is an exemplary portrait of three generations of men processing personal and political trauma with the scarcest of resources. Levelheaded and deftly shot, the film evokes the traditions of vérité cinema and Southern gothic alike.
Organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.