Harmony and Me. 2009. USA. Directed by Bob Byington

One of the highlights of New Directors/New Films 2009, Bob Byington’s hilariously deadpan slacker film for the cell phone generation takes place in independent film capital Austin, Texas, where a voluble young lyricist named Harmony refuses to let go of the heartbreak caused when his girlfriend became his ex. He remains stubbornly unhappy, perhaps for musical inspiration or perhaps because it’s just the way he is. Although his depression annoys his tough mom, Harmony’s friends, as oddball and eccentric as he, seem perfectly cool with his cultivation of misery. Starring musician Justin Rice as the motormouthed Harmony and Kevin Corrigan as his sidekick Carlos, Byington’s film presents a goofy portrait of a bright guy and his buddies running in place.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.

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