Saturday, April 14 at 9:30 PM
Feature Block: Le Partie
Adam Wyatt Tate | Columbia, SC | 15 min
Genre: Narrative Short
After a violent confrontation with a fan, hardcore punk singer Mary falls back on a drug habit to cure her encroaching sense of purposelessness. A strange encounter with another addict in an alley will change her life irrevocably.Buy Tickets
We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!
Adam Wyatt Tate:
1. What is your connection to the South?
Born and raised in Columbia.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
It started with Vietnam. I kept tracing threads of stories about Vietnamese immigrants and reading stories about them arriving in Southern California after fleeing the war- THE GANGSTER WE ARE ALL LOOKING FOR by Thi Diem Thúy Lê in particular. I live in the neighborhood in Los Angeles where one of the first waves of punk sprouted, somehow the stories connected- and I was fascinated to learn through research that punk was more than just a bunch of white dudes punching each other- there were incredible women blazing the trail! Like Alice Bag, Dianne Chai, and Exene Cervenka. So down the rabbit hole I went and this story emerged. And we wanted to really truly make an attempt at emulating the production aesthetics of a film from the time period- movies like THIEF, REPO MAN, TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA, and BREAKING GLASS.
3. How did you start making films?
The cinephilia is deep-rooted. My dad took me to see CHAPLIN starring pre-Iron Man, first career chapter Robert Downey, Jr. (at the Litchfield Theater on top of Richland Fashion Mall, remember that?) And the worldview of movies exploded. It’s been expanding since. I continue to seek new corners of the film universe (Liliana Cavani? Holy s***!)
AND SO, like everyone else of my last-generation-before-the-internet-was-ubiquitious, I had a small enough worldview to think it would be a fun job to make movies. And I thought that there was no reason anyone couldn’t do it if they wanted to. And of course, that’s not the case, it’s really backbreaking and stupid a lot of the time. But the results have been rewarding! I’ve found renewed purpose in being an advocate for creating a more culturally diverse media landscape and supporting opportunities for my female peers who are also trying to make a career of this.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
All I’ll say is that the sweat you see on screen is real. It’s all real.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
It’s like a homecoming! I’ve had the privilege of screening at Indie Grits in years past and it’s always an incredibly fulfilling experience. I’m so excited and honored to be a part of it again this year.
6. Why should someone see your film?
It’ll blow your mind. Where else can you see a violently passionate punk rock performance, intravenous drug use, and the visual exposure of the deepest, most primal maternal pangs a woman can possibly experience? Right here. In less than 15 minutes.
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