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     AUGUST EVENING
U.S.A., 2007, 128 mins, Color

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

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Director: Chris Eska 
Screenwriter: Chris Eska 
Producers: Connie Hill, Jason Wehling 
Cinematographer: Yasu Tanida 
Editor: Chris Eska
Cast: Pedro Castaneda, Veronica Loren, Abel Becerra, Walter Perez, Sandra Rios, Raquel Gavia, Cesar Flores


www.augustevening.com


WINNER JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD 2008 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE, OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE, BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE, TARGET FILMMAKER AWARD FOR BEST FILM, LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL


August Evening follows an aging undocumented farm worker named Jaime and his young, widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe, as their lives are thrown into upheaval. Lupe is more of a daughter to Jaime than his own children, and the two try to stick together… but change is inevitable. At the heart of the story is the conflict between generations. Aging parents and grown children have difficulty expressing both their love and mutual disappointment in each other. A father recognizes the unstoppable force of time and must say goodbye to his daughter so she can start her own life. The film is naturalistic in tone, featuring humming cicadas, ethereal music, chicken farms, meaningful glances, and rustling leaves. It includes subtle romance, gentle humor and heartbreaking tragedy, but it should not be depressing. Instead, we concentrate on the Japanese idea of "mono no aware," which is difficult to translate, but involves finding peace with life's imperfections. Heartwarming scenes highlight the bittersweet nature of life, finding resolution in the warmth of the characters, the beauty in sadness, and the universality of the human experience.

Chris Eska
Chris Eska studied sociology and art at Rice University before attending UCLA's MFA film directing program. His short films have screened on PBS, at the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Competition, the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase, and at film festivals worldwide. Doki-Doki, his UCLA master's thesis film, premiered on the national PBS series Independent Lens with an introduction by Susan Sarandon. August Evening is his first feature and was nominated for two 2008 Spirit Awards.
 
Showings
06/13/08 02:00 PMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
 
06/15/08 09:00 AMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
 


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