Prolific local filmmaker Joe Swanberg premieres two new films about young relationships in flux. In Marriage Material (2012, 55 min.), a young couple, played by Kentucker Audley and Caroline White, babysit for visiting friends, played by Joe and Kris Swanberg and their son Jude. The simple favor gradually opens a Pandora’s box of issues about marriage, family and commitment that leads them to reckon with their future together. In Caitlin Plays Herself (2011, 58 min.), a young actress, played by Neo-Futurist member Caitlin Stainken, struggles to break out of a chronic holding pattern embodied by relationship with a casual boyfriend (Swanberg) who likes being intimate but dislikes her provocative performances. Both films display Swanberg’s distinctive improvisational style where identifiable characters create fresh stories by working out their own inner conflicts.
This program repeats Friday, July 6 at 7pm at Gorilla Tango's Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL