Film Block: BURDENS OF THE PAST
Date/Time: Friday, April 17th @ 3:00 pm; Saturday, April 18th @ 8:30 pm
With this group of challenging and meditative character studies, Burdens of the Past begs a slower, more rigorous film experience. I found that we had received many incredible films wherein each individual faces a past that shapes their present, and in some cases will define their future.
“unmappable” is an unflinching and at times uncomfortable portrait that takes a close look at the life and work of a psychogeographer and convicted sex offender, Denis Wood. The film dives deep into a man who is poetic, confrontational, and wholly unapologetic. Matt Smith, an openly gay man in rural South Carolina, reflects on his first relationship with a man and the tragic end to their time together in “Nowhere to Be Found“, a powerful and heartbreaking film that tackles the continuing difficulties of being gay in rural America while also examining a young man’s strength in overcoming great personal tragedy. Finally, “Brother Jesse” follows Jesse Morrell around college campuses as he preaches fire and brimstone from his traveling, controversial pulpit.
-Seth Gadsden, Indie Grits Co-Director