Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30pm
Tony Buba's Lightning Over Braddock
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Introduced by LaToya Ruby Frazier
Lightning Over Braddock
Tony Buba, 16mm, 1988, 80 mins
“A triumph of pragmatic populism with a cast of union organizers, street hustlers, and Buba himself, should be required viewing at every Sundance seminar; this ‘rustbowl fantasy’ is one of the few regional movies to successfully and unsentimentally peel off the national smile button.” - J. Hoberman
Lightning Over Braddock is as eccentric a picture of America as has emerged in the last two decades. Like Buba's earlier short films, it chronicles the decline of Braddock, Pennsylvania, a hard-luck town which once flourished as "Pittsburgh's shopping center." It concerns a director (Buba, playing himself) trying, without much success, to make a movie with a crazy street hustler named Sal, who considers himself responsible for Buba's (modest) success. Like Errol Morris, Buba has a fascination with the idiocyncratic details of daily life, and uses his formidable sense of humor to document the decay of industrial America.
"For all its structural playfulness, a more honest and incisive film about the economic picture of late eighties capitalism and the filmmaker's place in it would be hard to find." - San Francisco International Film Festival
Followed by a conversation with Frazier and Buba.
LaToya Ruby Frazier was born and raised in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her work is currently on view at the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
Tickets - $7, available at door.
Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 7pm.