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IFP SCREEN FORWARD: L FOR LEISURE

Theatrical Premiere: Friday, May 15 to Thursday, May 21 Sponsored by Shutterstock

L for Leisure is an impressionistic, episodic comedy about laziness, wandering and wasting time. Set to the rhythm of the school-year calendar, the film tracks the changes to the collected spirit of a group of graduate students through 1992-93 as they go on various vacations. Sprinkled among activities like coed wrestling, macking on teenagers, and naps, are soliloquies on the heavy and heady topics of the day.

In its focus on highly thoughtful but somehow clueless characters, L for Leisure, directed by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn (Blondes in the Jungle) is an homage to the 90s films of directors like Hal Hartley, Whit Stillman and Eric Rohmer, treating its characters and scenarios as deeply contextualized moving parts and using them to explore ideas about adulthood, lifestyle, alternate universes and sport.

World Premeire – International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2014

L for Leisure is the movie of the century so far.”L Magazine

“Sun-kissed, Whit Stillman-esque…”– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

SHOWTIMES:

Friday, May 15th at 7:30 PM

Film introduced by co-writer/director Whitney Horn. After the screening, Q&A with co-writer/director Lev Kalman and L for Leisure cast members, including Gabriel Abrantes (also of Ennui Ennui), André Frechette (also of Blondes in the Jungle) and more, moderated by Nellie Killian, Programmer, BAMcinématek.

Saturday, May 16th at 1:30 PM & 4:00 PM

1:30pm screening preceded by “Come as You Are” a video by artist Erica Magrey. Followed by Q&A with Erica and L for Leisure co-writer/director Lev Kalman.

L for Leisure Lecture Series – Jonathan Basile

4pm screening followed by a lecture with Jonathan Basile is a fiction writer, amateur philosopher, and creator of an online universal library, libraryofbabel.info. He will discuss time & nostalgia in the interrelated layers of L for Leisure’s narrative, its editing, and its medium. Q&A with Jonathan and co-writer/director Lev Kalman.

Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 PM

Film introduced by co-writer/director Whitney Horn. Following the screening, a Q&A with Scott Cummings (director, Buffalo Juggalos) and co-writer/director Lev Kalman.

Monday, May 18 at 7:30 PM

L for Leisure Lecture Series – Jeanette Samyn

Jeanette Samyn just finished her PhD in Victorian Literature at Indiana University, and will be a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University starting in the fall. Her lecture will consider L for Leisure’s relationship to parasitic thought.

Tuesday, May 19th at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Before the 7:30pm screening, “NBA jAams,” a live performance of a new basketball-themed collaboration by John Atkinson (Big A litle a, composer L for Leisure soundtrack), Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn (filmmakers L for Leisure). Q&A after the screening with Lev Kalman and John Atkinson.

Wednesday, May 20th at 7:30 PM

Film introduced by co-writer/director Whitney Horn. Following the screening, a Q&A with Sophie Cavoulacos (Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, MoMA) and co-writer/director Lev Kalman.

Thursday, May 21st at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

L for Leisure Lecture Series – Danilo Correale

Danilo Correale is an Italian artist and researcher. His last project no more sleep no more is a 3 hour sensorial documentary on the condition of wakefulness in postmodernity. His lecture “L for Laziness” represents a collection of thoughts about the relationship between laziness and leisure and how these “practices” are perceived under different class privileges.

Closing night party at the café! Featuring live soundtrack remixes by John Atkinson (Big A litle a, composer L for Leisure soundtrack) with video projections by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn (filmmakers L for Leisure).

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