Contact: Margot Gerber

323/461-2020, ext. 115

March 17, 2000











HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque’s THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: A FORUM FOR INDEPENDENT FILM EXHIBITION & BEYOND... presents the LA PREMIERES of two new independent feature films in April. On Wednesday, April 19th at 7:30 pm is Mark Forster’s EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER (87 min.), an official selection, Dramatic Competition, Sundance Film Festival 2000. "…one of the most visually accomplished and emotionally provocative films in the dramatic competition at Sundance…" Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter. The film stars Radha Mitchell (HIGH ART, PITCH BLACK) as a young, suburban housewife with a big piece of the American Dream. When she looses her baby, she finds herself in uncharted territory – and must find a way to grieve or descend into madness. Shot on Digital Video. On Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 PM is Irene Turner’s THE GIRLS’ ROOM (101 min., USA), a dramatic comedy that cuts across stereotype in its depiction of two adversarial college roommates -- a bohemian art major (Soleil Moon Frye, "Punky Brewster") and a Southern Belle (Cat Taber, "Beverly Hills 90210") – whose lives become emotionally and dangerously entangled. Gary Wolf (WHATEVER) plays a sensitive classmate who falls for them both. Filmmakers are scheduled to appear in person at their respective screenings subject to their availability. All screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood (between Las Palmas Ave. & McCadden Place).


EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER: Wednesday, April 19th at 7:30 PM

"The power and intelligence of EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER is of such quality and intensity that it is impossible not to be overwhelmed by the movie." Rebecca Yeldham (Sundance Film Festival)

"Radha Mitchell, who’s rapidly maturing into a terrifically accomplished actress, renders a staggering performance…" Emanuel Levy, Daily Variety

Angie (Australian actress RADHA MITCHELL in an unflinchingly honest performance) and Russ (JUSTIN LOUIS), a young, well-off, loving, suburban couple, eagerly await the birth of their first child. Angie’s friends (Catherine Lloyd Burns of "Malcolm in the Middle" and Megan Mullally of "Will and Grace") are also pregnant and together their worlds revolve around babies, husbands and the rituals of family life. When an unexpected tragedy befalls Angie and Russ, the community that they were once integrally involved in begins to disappear. Their fair-weather friends, unable to find a way to console, or share the couple’s grief, simply withdraw. As Angie’s grief begins to drive her to act out in strange and frightening ways, the film echoes the terror of Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY. It is also reminiscent of Todd Haynes’ SAFE in its depiction of an alienated woman adrift in a hostile, suffocating suburban environment, that once offered a bounty of security and comfort. "Roberto Schaefer’s cinematography is a masterwork of telling compositions: His framings, some askew and some straight on, point us to the fullest story dimensions and character depths." (Hollywood Reporter) This amazing, complex film is packed with human emotion – something so absent in films today. A must see. Shot on Digital Video, the film will be projected in a 35mm print. Written by Adam Forgash, Catherine Lloyd Burns and Mark Forster. Director/Co-Writer Mark Forster (LOUNGERS, Winner of the Audience Award at the 1996 Slamdance Film Festival), producer Sean Furst and other cast and crew will appear for discussion following the screening.

LA based, Swiss-born filmmaker Mark Forster is available for interview. Press kits and color slides are available.


THE GIRLS’ ROOM (101 min.) Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 PM

The evening is co-presented with the IFP/West’s Festival Buzz series.

Irene Turner (co-producer, BILLY’S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS) directs this dramatic comedy from a script by Amanda L. Beall (a self-described, recovering Southern Belle), which is loosely based on Beall’s real-life collegiate experiences at a Southern University. Pert, proper Southern Belle, Grace (CAT TABER) and bohemian Casey (SOLEIL MOON FRYE of "Punky Brewster" fame) are adversarial dorm roommates who couldn’t be more outwardly opposite. While Grace makes after-graduation wedding plans for her and her fraternity boy, fiance (WIL WHEATON, STAND BY ME & "Star Trek: Next Generation"), Casey mopes, drinks, has illicit affairs and hangs out with her bi-sexual friend Sweetie (CRYSTALL CARMEN). When Casey’s antics accidentally threaten her roommate’s plans for a perfect future, Psych major Grace follows her life philosophy and embarks on a vengeful mission to "right the balance." When she insinuates herself into Casey’s chaotic life, the entanglement threatens to destroy each girl’s carefully constructed reality. What lies ahead is a fresh departure from the stereotype of the goodgirl/badgirl conflict, as both modern young women struggle to understand what they want from their wide open futures. GARY WOLF (TELLING YOU, WHATEVER) also co-stars. This film recentlypremiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Director Irene Turner, Writer Amanda L. Beall and other cast and crew will appear for discussion following the screening.

A theatrical press screening will be set up for this film. Please call if you are interested in reviewing it. Press kits and colored photos are available upon request.

The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition And Beyond…, the American Cinematheque’s on-going series focusing on independent and new forms of cinema was created to serve the public as well as the independent film community in Los Angeles by providing a year-round venue for independent feature films that have not yet secured wide commercial distribution. Whatever the ALTERNATIVE SCREEN offers from month to month, it promises to be provocative, innovative and fiercely independent. Select Alternative Screen alumni include THE BIBLE & GUN CLUB, HABIT, STAR MAPS and THE LAST BIG THING.

The Alternative Screen takes on-going submissions for consideration of fiercely independent work in all genres. Please send a 1/2" tape to: Margot Gerber, The Alternative Screen, c/o American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA., 90028. Include a SASE if you would like your tape returned. Inquiries should be directed to 323.461.2020, ext. 115. Short films should be sent to the attention of Andrew Crane.

For information about the Alternative Screen or other American Cinematheque events, please call 323.466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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