Rhode Island International Film Festival : Gutterbug

When:
August 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-08-08T18:30:00-04:00
2019-08-08T20:00:00-04:00
Where:
Local 121
121 Washington St
Cost:
$10

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT LOCAL 121, LOCATED AT 121 WASHINGTON STREET. PLEASE USE THE MATTHEWSON STREET ENTRANCE.

Black Hat

Sarah Smith XXXI United States | 2018 | 15min | Narrative | Jewish, LGBTQ

At first blush, Shmuel is a pious Hasidic man leading a fairly simple life. By day he dutifully prays at the local synagogue and manages a busy dry cleaner. But when his wife and daughters leave town for a few days, Shmuel will step out of his simple daily life and into a more complex world lit by the night. When he misplaces his black hat along the way, Shmuel’s two lives will interconnect in a way he never expected.

Gutterbug

Andrew Gibson United States | 2018 | 100min | Narrative | New England, Drama

Stephen Bugsby, known by his street name “Bug,” left home on his 18th birthday and never looked back. GUTTERBUG picks up three years later at his rock bottom when he is pulled from a wrecked car and revived in the back of an ambulance, only to awaken the next morning handcuffed to a hospital bed. A low voice from the neighboring bed veiled by a curtain inquires as to how he ended up where he his, so far from home. Unbeknownst to Bug, he’s closer to home than he’s been in years.
Dialogue between Bug, the man behind the curtain, and a kind-hearted nurse, and a dose of pain killers trigger a kind of delirium in which Bug revisits memories from before the accident. We journey through the high times of his “crust punk” life; in short “sex, drugs and rock and roll.” We then plummet to when the high wears off and untreated depression, rejection, and suicidal ideation kick in. At this moment, on his 21st birthday, a newfound companion with her own demons, Jenny, asks Bug how he wants to spend his special day. Through the haze, he has a moment of clarity. “I want to go home.”
Bug and his crew of misfits lead us down an adrenaline-packed, drug-fueled adventure to reconnect with his parents, which ultimately lands him in the very hospital bed from which he now recounts his story.

Director Biography-
Before co-writing and directing “Gutterbug,” Andrew Gibson honed his directing craft directing and producing commercial and branded content for clients including Converse, Falabella, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2017, he won a New England Emmy for his work on a piece for New England Sports Network. Andrew also directs music videos for up-and-coming indie rock bands including Nice Guys, Beeef, Ian Sweet, and Juan Waters.