MOVEMENT + LOCATION (Alexis Boling, 2013)
Brooklyn Film Festival
Saturday, May 31, Windmill Studios, 289 Kent Ave., $12, 7:30
Sunday, June 8, IndieScreen, 287 Kent Ave., $12, 8:00
Festival runs May 30 - June 8
The husband and wife team of Alexis and Bodine Boling have collaborated on the tender, touching drama Movement + Location, which is appropriately having its world premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival this week. Director, producer, and cinematographer Alexis and writer, producer, editor, and star Bodine were married in 2009 at BAMcafé and made the film in their home borough of Brooklyn. Bodine plays Kim Getty, a young woman who works for City Hope, an organization that helps feed and house the homeless. Meanwhile, Kim herself is trying to make a home for herself, having returned to Brooklyn from four hundred years in the future. Already hiding the truth from her roommate, Amber (Anna Margaret Hollyman), and work colleague Marcel (Haile Owusu), Kim becomes even more secretive when a pair of cops ask her and Marcel to help runaway teen Rachel (Catherine Missal), who, Kim quickly learns, is also from the future but having trouble adapting to her new surroundings. Kim brings Rachel home with her, and trouble slowly escalates as she considers having a relationship with one of the cops, Rob Sullivan (Clybourne Park’s Brendan Griffin), and Rachel starts hanging out with a haggard homeless man named Paul (David Andrew MacDonald). “There are things that I don’t want to talk about, and there are things I am never going to tell you,” Kim explains to Rob. “And if you try to make me….”
Despite its sci-fi plot, Movement + Location is a gently paced, well-acted, and honest depiction of relationships and responsibility in modern-day Brooklyn. New York City can be a lonely place, and the film explores the hesitancy people often feel while considering making a connection in a new environment (while providing fodder for those who believe in past lives and that we can perhaps orchestrate meetings in different times). The film can get frustrating — there are many moments when you just want to shake Kim and yell at her to just tell the truth already — but it’s also sympathetic and compassionate. All the while, Dan Tepfer’s creepy 1970s synth score lurks over the proceedings. On her blog, Bodine recently wrote about the Brooklyn Film Festival, “They program impressive, gorgeous films and I am so honored and also very f&*king psyched to be included in company like this.” Movement + Location is screening May 31 at Windmill Studios and June 8 at IndieScreen, with both showings followed by Q&As with members of the cast and crew. The festival runs May 30 – June 8, consisting of more than one hundred narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animated works, and experimental films from around the world.