MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE
(Lynn Shelton, US, 2008, 97 mins.)
I found the texture of the relationships and the sly humor winning and
was impressed with the performances.
-- Sean Axmaker, GreenCine
Local luminary Lynn Shelton's follow-up to her entrancing debut, We Go Way Back, which made its first appearance at this year's SXSW Film Festival, debuts tonight
in Seattle at the Egyptian Theater (805 East Pine St.). According to the press notes, "Two estranged friends and an enigmatic third wheel navigate their way through an awkward weekend with alcohol and sarcasm. Then they go on a cougar hunt."
The semi"mprovised feature stars actor/musicians Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger,
the Long Winters), Basil Harris ("Awesome"), and Calvin Reeder (Private Beach)
and offers cinematography from Benjamin Kasulke (WGWB, Brand Upon the Brain!). Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it to the press screening, but fellow Siffblog-
ger David Jeffers praised Kasulke's work when we discussed it a few days ago.
Maggie Brown and Amber Hubert in We Go Way Back
Click here for my review of We Go Way Back, one of my favorite films of '06, here for my interview with Shelton, and here for Axmaker's more recent Q&A with the director.
My Effortless Brilliance plays this evening, 5/24, at 9:30pm and repeats on Mon., 5/26, at 4pm (both screenings at the Egyptian). For more information, please visit the official website. Also, the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.) hosts tonight's after-party, starting at 11:30pm. Shelton image from The Seattle Post"ntelligencer.
7/17 Update: IFC has acquired My Effortless Brilliance and
will release the film in August as part of Festival Direct.