Producers’ Committee Film Picks for April 2013

Our April early Spring theme is “Disaffected youth–the price of angst.”


ON THE ROAD (2012)

Directed by Walter Salles @ 124 minutes.

The film stars Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Stewart, Kirsten Dunst,

Amy Adams, Alice Braga, & Viggo Mortensen.

Synopsis: This is Jack Kerouac’s generation-defining tale of a young writer

who meets a free-spirited couple, and decides to take a road trip with them

across the country. Nothing could have fully prepared him for the people he

would meet, and how this would significantly influence him.


This film was the “Official Selection” at the Cannes Film Festival.

Tagline: The best teacher is experience.


It will open up at the Grand Cinema this Friday, March 29, 2013. They do not

project a length of stay, so get yourselves out to see it during the first week to

insure you can attend a screening.




Directed by Bob Rafelson @ 98 minutes.

The film stars Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Sally Struthers,

Susan Anspach, & Ralph Waite.

Synopsis: A young man has chosen to drop out of his upper class family, giving

up a promising career as a concert pianist to work in the California oil fields and

live with a waitress. When he is contacted by his sister, informing him that his

father is dying, he travels up to Washington State with the waitress in tow, to

make his peace with his family and father.


This film was nominated for four Oscars, and Karen Black did win a Golden

Globe as Best Actress.

Tagline: He rode the fast lane on the road to nowhere.



Written & Directed by Ming-Liang Tsai @ 106 minutes.


The film stars Chao-jung Chen, Chang-bin Jen, Kang-sheng Lee.


Synopsis: This is a unique film, shot in a very stylish cinematic style, with

compelling and mesmerizing visuals. It is a story about petty criminals in

Tapai. One of them flirts with a girl at a roller rink, and offers to give her a

ride home on his motorcycle. A minor traffic incident leads to a completely

unreasonable response.


“A strong disturbing film.”–the Village Voice


Tagline: What time is it there?

The film won several international awards as Best Film. 



FIVE EASY PIECES (1970) will screen at the Center for Spiritual Living

on Friday, April 5, 2013; doors open at 6:15, showing at 7:15 p.m.

REBELS OF A NEON GOD (1992) will screen at the Center for Spiritual

Living on Friday, April 12, 2013; doors open at 6:15, showing at 7:15 p.m.

ON THE ROAD (2012), as noted, will open at the Grand Cinema on

Friday, March 29, 2013.



The Tacoma Film Club will discuss these three films on Wednesday,

April 17, 2013, at the Center for Spiritual Living, from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.


The Center for Spiritual Living at located at 206 North J Street, on the

corner of J St. & Division, across the street from Group Health Specialty


The Grand Cinema is located at 606 South Fawcett Avenue, in the Merlino

Art Center building, on the corner of 6th & Fawcett.



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