UPDATE (5/20/20, 3:15 p.m.) We have distributed all of the allotted free screenings of Fourteen, per our agreement with Grasshopper Film. Fourteen is still available for viewing for a $12 rental price here. 50% of the proceeds from these rentals will directly benefit the UW Cinematheque.
While the UW Cinematheque's screenings at 4070 Vilas and the Chazen Museum of Art remain on indefinite hiatus during this challenging time, our programming staff is delighted to present a retrospective of independent filmmaker Dan Sallitt that can be viewed at home this week for FREE!
On Friday, May more than 50 arthouses around the U.S. will be partnering with Grasshopper Film to provide home screenings of Sallitt's new movie Fourteen for a rental fee, but the Cinematheque has arranged to offer a limited number of free home viewings of Fourteen. To receive your online link to view the movie at home, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Fourteen" or "14" in the subject line. These virtual screenings of Fourteen will be limited to the first 150 individual responders, who will be provided a link to view online beginning May 15.
FOURTEEN: Independent filmmaker Sallitt's fifth feature is an absorbing and deeply moving portrait of long-term friendship. Inseparable since middle school, Mara and Jo find themselves drifting down different paths in their twenties-Mara naturally eases into young adulthood, while Jo struggles with commitments and substance abuse. Through seamless temporal ellipses, Sallitt charts their lasting bond over the course of a decade of change.
Fourteen has garnered rave reviews around the world since its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2019. Publications that have hailed Sallitt's film include Film Comment, Sight and Sound, Indiewire, The Hollywood Reporter, and Richard Brody in The New Yorker.
Click here to view a trailer for Fourteen or scroll down to view at bottom of this page.
Plus, the Cinematheque is providing you the opportunity to discover the early features of Dan Sallitt with free viewings of his first three features: Polly Perverse Strikes Again!, Honeymoon, and All the Ships at Sea. Unlimited views of these three movies will be available for one week's time beginning Friday, May 15. You can view by clicking on any of the titles in this paragraph.
POLLY PERVERSE STRIKES AGAIN!: This LA love triangle comedy has been described by the filmmaker as a cross between Bringing Up Baby and The Mother and the Whore. Produced for far-out video art pioneers EZTV, Sallitt's rarest feature was shot on three-quarter inch analog video using money he saved from reviewing films for the Los Angeles Reader. "Quintessentially Sallitt-men and women scrambling, sometimes successfully, often not, to impose reason on the irrationality of desire" (Scott Foundas, The Village Voice).
HONEYMOON: Two friends impulsively decide to get married without having slept together, thinking it a romantic idea. But at their lake house honeymoon, they struggle to make a physical connection, leading them into painful emotional territory. Shot on 16mm, this intimate and fearless indie exposes raw nerves through Sallitt's trademark precise dialogue. "Not many movies are willing or able to hack their way through the tangled, complicated emotional territory of Dan Sallitt's Honeymoon. This funny, harrowing, lucid movie is so mature about sex and human relations that it puts to shame the bulk of what passes for 'adult' entertainment in American cinema. In its deceptively simple way, Honeymoon pulls off something quite difficult-namely, the illumination of the divide between expectations and reality in the lives of ordinary people" (Kent Jones).
ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA: In a lakeside cabin, two sisters-one a professor of theology, the other a member of a religious cult-have a series of philosophical discussions. Sallitt's third feature is an unusually perceptive and open-minded reckoning with the deep-seated influences of spirituality and family on our psyches. "The dialogue is absolutely wonderful, brilliant, discreet, moving. This man, Dan Sallitt, has really found his own voice, which is so rare" (Arnaud Desplechin). "A hypnotic study in differing beliefs and ways of explaining the world...to encounter characters this authentically self-aware and introspective in an American film is rare" (Scott Foundas, Variety).
As if that weren't enough free content, Cinematalk, the official podcast of the UW Cinematheque, is back with a new episode this week, featuring an exclusive discussion with Dan Sallitt. Programmer Mike King's talk with Sallitt focuses on Fourteen and its production, Sallitt's development as an artist, and his evolving appreciation of French auteur Maurice Pialat. The talk concludes by touching on Sallitt's current viewing habits and passionate cinephilia, which you can learn more about on Sallitt's home page. Visit our blog here and listen in.
We value your support for the Cinematheque and we look forward to being able to watch movies with you soon in the proper cinematic settings of 4070 Vilas Hall and the Chazen Museum of Art.