There will be a post-film Skype Q&A with Mark Duplass after the Saturday 6:30PM screening!
Jim and Amanda are former high-school sweethearts who reunite unexpectedly in the sleepy California mountain town where they grew up, and grew apart. Twenty years on, each has taken a markedly different path in life — he works odd construction jobs in Tuscon and “hasn’t got it all figured out”; she’s married to an older man, a reluctant step-mom who never wanted kids. But the old sparks still burn strong. One coffee in the local diner turns to a day (and night) spent wandering through the past, where the middle-aged “famous lovebirds” relive the joy and pain that brought them together and sent them reeling into separate futures. Starring Mark Duplass (“Togetherness,” THE ONE I LOVE) and Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”), BLUE JAY is a beautifully orchestrated (and photographed) romantic drama from directorcinematographer Alex Lehmann and writer-producer Duplass that looks back wistfully and wisely at the big what if: Could your high-school sweetheart be your one true love?
USA, 2016, In English, 82 minutes, In Black & White, Directed by Alex Lehmann
This film will be preceded by Pickle, the 2016 Florida Film Festival Grand Jury Award-Winner for Best Documentary Short
Who will care for a fish that can’t swim? Meet the couple that have given Sam, Peanut, Squeaky, Pogo, Birdie, Ginger, Goosie, and Pickle a home. The latest slice of Americana from Amy Nicholson, the director of Muskrat Lovely (FFF 2006).
USA, 2015, 15 minutes, Directed by Amy Nicholson
“Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson are a match made in heaven.”– Nick Casaletto, WE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
“Stirring…piercingly poignant.”– Jon Frosch, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“(A) sweet and simple romantic comedy. The script is loose; the acting is natural and nuanced. A small pleasure from the talented Mark Duplass, (who) co-stars with the wonderful Sarah Paulson.”– Brad Wheeler, THE GLOBE AND MAIL (TORONTO)
“A heartbreaking romance.”– Shannon Vestal Robson, POP SUGAR
“Finely tuned performances…Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson shine.”– Steve Greene, INDIEWIRE