NWFF was playing a movie by a local director named Linas Phillips called Bass Ackwards. We made it just in time for the 9 0'clock show. Perfect.
Bass Ackwards is a slow-paced, elegant road movie that gets its energy from a team of character actors who light up each vignette with their lonely quirks, as the morose main character, played by Phillips, retreats (via a clunky '76 VW van) from a heartbreak in Seattle to crash at his parents' house back East.
Could be pretentious, but Linas has a playful touch that lures you into every scene and sucker punches you with a wallop of hope.
Great music too, including a Simon & Garfunkel's-Greatest-Hits-worthy number by the Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold.
It's playing at NWFF through Thursday.