Century Larkspur 3Sat, Oct 15, 2016 8:00 PM Not Available
Lark TheatreSun, Oct 16, 2016 8:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:115 min.
Director:Antonio Campos
Producer:Melody C. Roscher
Craig Shilowich
Screenwriter:Craig Shilowich
Cinematographer:Joe Anderson
Editor:Sofia Subercaseaux
Cast:Rebecca Hall
Michael C. Hall
Tracy Letts
Maria Dizzia
Timothy Simons
J. Smith-Cameron
Print Source:The Orchard
Note Writer:Pam Grady

Rebecca Hall delivers a haunting performance as a troubled journalist in this intense, resonant drama drawn from an actual 1975 incident that shocked the nation. A reporter for a struggling Sarasota, FL, TV station, socially awkward 29-year-old Christine Chubbuck suffers from crippling social anxiety, mysterious stomach pains, and a secret crush on affable anchor George (Michael C. Hall). But what really vexes her is station manager Michael’s (Tracy Letts) new directive, adopting the newly fashionable “if it bleeds, it leads” approach to the news and abandoning the civic-minded stories on which Christine thrives. Director Antonio Campos vividly recreates the mid-‘70s milieu from the soft-rock songs that Christine favors to transactional analysis. Hall receives terrific support from Michael C. Hall, Letts, theater legend John Cullum as the station’s owner, and J. Cameron-Smith as Christine’s worried mother. But this is Christine’s story, and Hall seizes the role with ferocious, heartbreaking, and unforgettable intensity.

Guest in attendance 10/15: Craig Shilowich (writer)

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Additional Information

Antonio Campos is an acclaimed writer, director, and producer; he is one of the three founding members of Borderline Films, a New York-based production company and filmmaking coalition. Campos’ second feature, Simon Killer, which he wrote and directed, premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by IFC Films for distribution in April of 2013. Antonio recently produced Josh Mond’s debut narrative feature, James White, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and won the Sundance Next Audience Award. James White was acquired for a fall theatrical release by The Film Arcade. He recently wrapped shooting his third feature, Christine, which stars Michael C. Hall and Rebecca Hall.