Madeline’s Madeline

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, October 12, 2018

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the experimental theatre drama “Madeline’s Madeline,” a portrait of a teenager’s desire for self expression contrasted with a mother’s inherent impulse to protect. Newcomer Helena Howard stars as Madeline, who has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips through the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives. A raw depiction of the fluidity of reality within the creative process — which is reflective of writer/director Josephine Decker’s own relationship to the film — the story’s authenticity is amplified through the relentlessly intimate cinematography of Ashley Connor.
Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Josephine Decker
USA • 93 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Screening Sponsor: Fresno City College Dance Department


Filmworks thanks K-Jewel 105.5 FM, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their ongoing support.

Reviews

"Our interest in Madeline’s strange journey and in Evangeline’s hegemonic desire to co-opt it exists comfortably with awareness of [the director] working through her own anxieties as a storyteller, the exploitative appetite of all good artists, and the ethics of bending other people to your will." — David Ehrlich, IndieWire
"Josephine Decker pushes the action to the breaking point of fury, which the cast -- and especially Helena Howard, in one of the most accomplished teen performances ever -- embodies with a flaying and self-scourging vulnerability." — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Our interest in Madeline’s strange journey and in Evangeline’s hegemonic desire to co-opt it exists comfortably with awareness of [the director] working through her own anxieties as a storyteller, the exploitative appetite of all good artists, and the ethics of bending other people to your will." — David Ehrlich, IndieWire
"Josephine Decker pushes the action to the breaking point of fury, which the cast -- and especially Helena Howard, in one of the most accomplished teen performances ever -- embodies with a flaying and self-scourging vulnerability." — Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.