Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Location: Soundview Cinemas (7 Soundview Market Place, Port Washington)
World premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2016, this star-studded film from young filmmaker Rob Meyer is one not to be missed! It’s the summer before 6th grade, and Clark (Armani Jackson) is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. After moving her family from Brooklyn into a small town outside of Seattle, Gina (the hilarious and impeccably talented Melanie Lynskey) tries to help her family adjust to their new life, which throws unexpected and down-right funny curveballs in their path. Each member of their tight-knit family feel as though they are fumbling to meet expectations as familial rifts are exposed. This comedy about understanding identity is the second feature from Rob Meyer.
Starring: Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, Janeane Garofalo, Christine Taylor & David Charles Ebert.
Q&A Following The Film with Director, Rob Meyer & Screenwriter, Annie Howell.
Life in its complexity & authenticity” – Vee Wright, NBC News
“Entirely Relatable“- Geoff Berkshire, Variety
*Special Guest Speakers:
Rob Meyer: Rob received his MFA from NYU’s graduate film program where his short thesis film, Aquarium, starring Jeremy Allen White, won awards around the world including one at The Sundance Film Festival. Prior to NYU, he was an Associate Producer at PBS’s NOVA, HBO Documentary Films, and National Geographic, where he worked extensively on Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentaries in Nepal, Antarctica, Alaska, and Egypt. His first narrative feature film, A Birder’s Guide to Everything, featuring Sir Ben Kingsley and Kodi Smit-MchPhee was released in 2013 and was described by the New York Times as a “smart, likeable, coming of age film … an eye opener for anyone who takes the everyday natural world for granted.” His second feature, Little Boxes, starring Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, and Armani Jackson opens in theaters April 14, 2017.
Annie J. Howell: Annie is a screenwriter and director. In addition to writing LITTLE BOXES, she has co-written and co-directed two features with Lisa Robinson: SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS (2012, starring Anna Margaret Hollyman) and CLAIRE IN MOTION (2017, starring Betsy Brandt). Each film premiered at SXSW, played nationwide in fests and select theaters, and is now available on-demand. She is the recipient of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, an IFP Emerging Narrative Award for Best Feature and a San Francisco Film Society/Rainin Foundation grant. Howell grew up in the Arizona desert and is an alumna of Whitman College and NYU’s Graduate Film program. She teaches in the MFA in Film program at City College, and has also been a member of the faculty at Duke, Ohio University and The New School, where she was the founding director of the documentary graduate program. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.