Low Down



Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 4, 2014 7:00 PM
Spotlight: Elle Fanning
Sequoia 1 Thu, Oct 9, 2014 2:15 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Special Event
Running Time:114
Director:Jeff Preiss
Producer:Albert Berger
Ron Yerxa
Mindy Goldberg
Screenwriter:Topper Lilien
Amy Albany
Cinematographer:Christopher Blauvelt
Editor:Michael Saia
Cast:Elle Fanning
John Hawkes
Glenn Close
Peter Dinklage
Taryn Manning
Print Source:Oscilloscope
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


Spotlight program featuring a conversation with Elle Fanning.

On Saturday, October 4, join us for a Spotlight program featuring a conversation with Elle Fanning and a screening of Low Down. Fanning will be presented with the MVFF Award. After the program, join us for a party at Il Fornaio Corte Madera which offers elegant dining and authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine.

Elle Fanning launched her career at the tender age of three and now, at age 16, already has built an extraordinary body of work. As a child actress, she cultivated her craft opposite the best in the business—Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, and Cate Blanchett, to name a few—and then landed breakout roles in Sofi a Coppola’s Somewhere and J.J. Abrams’s Super 8. Described as a “Streepian mixture of poise, intensity and technical precision” and a performer of “heartbreaking clarity and grace,” Fanning now has an enviable career grounded in thoughtful indie terrain (Ginger & Rosa) and studio successes (Malefi cent). She continues to shine in current projects Low Down, Young Ones, and The Boxtrolls.

Young Amy-Jo is growing up in a vivid world full of music and love in 1970s Los Angeles. She adores her father, the gifted jazz pianist Joe Albany, and he clearly dotes on her. But he’s also an addict fighting his own demons, often sending Amy-Jo to stay with her grandmother. The sublime John Hawkes (MVFF 2012 Spotlight) embodies Joe’s charisma and flaws. Elle Fanning is a revelation as Amy-Jo, first as a 12-year-old with knowledge beyond her years, and, later, as a teenager swept up in her first romantic love just as her first true love, her father, re-enters her world. Glenn Close (MVFF 2011 Tributee) rounds out the spot-on casting, playing Amy-Jo’s grandmother and the rock of the family. Director Jeff Preiss knows jazz—he edited Let’s Get Lost, Bruce Weber’s influential documentary on Chet Baker, and was a longtime fan of Albany’s music—and his production choices immerse us in the ever-changing rhythms of the music and Amy-Jo’s story

Party sponsored by Il Fornaio