Payne’s UCLA Film School thesis was screened at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival and garnered him international attention. A haunting look at a photographer’s romantic obsession with the woman who admires his work, this film laid the framework for Payne’s subsequent dark American comedies. 1990, U.S., color, 16mm, 49 minutes.
, 8:30 pm
Directed by Alexander Payne
The first of Payne’s richly creative collaborations with Jim Taylor is a sharply comedic examination of the politicization of abortion. The twist: each side is equally lampooned. Featuring Laura Dern in a hilarious turn as an indigent paint-sniffer. 1996, U.S., color, 35mm, 102 minutes.