6/5 at Cinefamily. One of my favorite films of the 00s, with director Andrew Bujalski in person. Here is my blurb.
A decade ago, a young director named Andrew Bujalski made one of cinema’s politest call-to-arms with Funny Ha Ha, his generation-defining D.I.Y. debut about post-college indirection. Like Linklater’s Slacker did for the ’90s, Funny Ha Ha definitively captures aimlessness in the Aughts with humor, compassion, and incisiveness as it follows recent grad Marnie (the luminous Kate Dollenmayer) as she meanders through temp jobs, crushes, and to-do lists. A graduate of Harvard’s hands-on and documentary-heavy film program, with a faculty advisor none other than Chantal Akerman(!), Bujalski’s indisputable film buff cred shines through every warmly rough-hewn frame and naturalistic line of dialogue. A true crowd-pleaser that began as a word-of-mouth phenomena and went on to single-handedly inspire not only countless imitators — from current in-theater dramedies to HBO series - but an entire filmmaking movement (so-called “mumblecore”), few debuts have had such an impact on the landscape of current American filmmaking. With a gorgeous 35mm restoration of its original 16mm print, there’s never been a better time to see what sets Funny Ha Ha apart. Andrew Bujalski will be here in person for a Q&A & reception after the film!