An Evening with Alex Ross Perry: Two Films by Alex Ross Perry (with Alex Ross Perry in person) - THE COLOR WHEEL (2011) & LA Premiere: IMPOLEX (2009)

Event Date: November 8, 2011 - 7:30pm

Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA

From the Melnitz Movies Director, Samuel B. Prime:

Melnitz Movies is honored to present this wonderfully forward-looking career retrospective of independent NY filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, including his newest film THE COLOR WHEEL (2011), and the LA premiere of his first feature, IMPOLEX (2009). Perry will be in attendance, with top hat and bow tie in tow, so that we may toast him as one of the most unique and fascinating new voices on the American independent film scene and festival circuit. One day, Perry will have an Oscar in his hands, he'll think back, remember Melnitz Movies while onstage, and he'll thank us in his acceptance speech. If not, we'll probably cry, but still love him all the same.

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The Color Wheel is the story of JR, an increasingly transient aspiring news-anchor, as she forces her disappointing younger brother Colin to embark on a road trip to move her belongings out of her professor-turned-lover’s apartment. Problem is, these grown up kids do not get along, and are both too obnoxious to know better. Chaos and calamity are not far behind her beat up Honda Accord. Too bad that nobody else in the world can stand either of them. Not Colin’s neglectful girlfriend, nor JR’s former high school friends, nor strangers they clash with at pretty much every step of their hopeless and increasingly infuriating voyage of frustration, failure and jerks. It can only be a matter of time before JR and Colin arrive at the strangest and most unsettling of resolutions and put to rest their decades of animosity, half-baked sibling rivalry and endless bickering. Resting uncomfortably somewhere between the solipsistic, unrepressed id of late Jerry Lewis, and the confrontational pseudo-sexual self-loathing of Philip Roth and shot on grainy 16mm black and white evoking the motels, diners and loners of Robert Frank’s America, The Color Wheel is a comedic symphony of disappointment and forgiveness.

Impolex tells the story of Tyrone S., a United States soldier in Operation Paperclip, the mission to locate and retrieve German rockets and rocket science after the end of World War II. Tyrone is tasked with finding what he believes are the last V-2’s. Lost in the woods of an undefined European country, people from Tyrone’s past begin to appear in unusual ways, bearing strange tidings. A loved one he abandoned for the war is especially prominent in Tyrone’s journey, as is a fellow soldier and a mysterious man with tidings of the present and the future that are not yet known to Tyrone. Impolex is an unjustifiable blend of the bare bones realism of John Ford’s WWII documentaries and the glorious stupidity of Abbot and Costello.

Writer/Director/Producer/Editor Alex Ross Perry in person for a Q&A moderated by the LA Times' Mark Olsen!

The Color Wheel - Official Selections
Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept/Oct 2011)
Locarno International Film Festival (August 2011)
Sarasota Film Festival (April 2011)
Wisconsin Film Festival (April 2011)
Maryland Film Festival (May 2011)
Chicago Underground Film Festival (June 2011) - Best Narrative Feature
BAMcinemaFest (June 2011)

Impolex - Official Selections
Chicago Underground Film Festival (2009)
Melbourne Underground Film Festival (2009)
CineVegas Film Festival (2009)
Migrating Forms Film Festival (2009)

Praise for The Color Wheel: "Of all the American films that have premiered so far this year, The Color Wheel—a film where a character wears a "Who Farted?" t-shirt while reading a Bible, where pratfalls are common, where an upper-class soiree is represented by a bunch of twentysomethings wearing blazers in summer, where very cheap jabs are taken at fundamentalists and polio—travels into the most difficult emotional territory. - Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Mubi.com

Praise for Impolex: "A film so dedicated to hallucinatory goofiness almost seems in and of itself to be unjustifiable, at least at first glance; in the end, this winking boast of misdirection has a neat symmetry with the games played by movie’s narrative."
- Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog

The Color Wheel (2011)
Writer, Director, Editor, Producer: Alex Ross Perry
Cast: Carlen Altman, Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil, etc.
A Dorset Films Production
Blu-Ray, 83 mins.

LA Premiere: Impolex (2009)
Writer, Director, Editor, Producer: Alex Ross Perry
Cast: Riley O'Bryan, Kate Lyn Sheil, Ben Shapiro, etc.
A Dorset Films Production
35mm, 73 mins.



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