Director Yen Tan scheduled to attend | May 19 & May 20
The parallel stories of two gay men are told in this exploration of the complex and often overlooked lives of gay men in small-town, rural America.
|May 7, 2013||12:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|May 19, 2013||6:30 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
|May 20, 2013||4:30 PM||AMC Pacific Place 11||Date has passed|
Inspired by the overlooked gas stations and rest stops of the Texas highways, Yen Tan's Pit Stop illustrates the parallel lives of two gay men living in a small rural town. Ernesto lives with his younger ex-boyfriend Luis as he waits for him to form plans for his future and move out. He avoids confronting Luis about his lack of motivation by devotedly visiting the hospital bedside of a comatose ex-lover and reading him gossip magazines. Suffocating feelings of inertia begin to close in on Ernesto until he demands Luis move out immediately, hoping that he doesn't end up old and alone like him. Meanwhile, Gabe is a construction worker still very much involved in the home life of his ex-wife and daughter despite recently having come out as gay. Heartbroken over an ill-ending affair with a married man and watching his ex-wife's love life blossom, Gabe struggles with the idea of a romance all his own. These coexisting tales weave through each other in a slow and minimalistic pace, focusing on the similar emotional isolation of the two main characters until they are at last brought together. Tan emphasizes the unhurried measure of the plot as well as the unembellished setting in a way that completely absorbs the viewer in this quietly stirring character-driven drama.
Yen Tan is a Malaysian-born and Austin-based writer, director, and graphic designer. His previous film Ciao was released theatrically after a successful festival run. He was profiled on the cover of The Austin Chronicle for his key art, where he has designed numerous posters for films that have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, and Toronto.
Sponsored in part by Ingeniux
|Principal Cast:||Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Alfredo Maduro, Corby Sullivan|
|Running Time:||80 minutes|
|Producer:||Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele|
|Screenplay:||Yen Tan, David Lowery|
|Music:||Curtis Glenn Heath|
|Filmography:||Ciao (2008); Happy Birthday (2002)|