Night Fliers

Night Fliers

USA, 2009, 78 Minute Running Time
World Premiere
Genre/Subjects: Gender, Lesbian, Parenting / Family, Youth
Program: U.S. Features
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Sara St. Martin Lynne

Local filmmaker Sara St. Martin Lynne is back with the feature-length version of her festival favorite short Rock in a Hard Place.

Already firmly in a life crisis at 12, things go from bad to worse for Jesse Hawthorne when her emotionally disconnected father moves the family to a rural town, a place whose beauty belies the toxic normality at its core. Jesse is almost immediately bullied by the local mini-mean girls in training, who find Jesse's tomboy nature both repellent and yet somehow attractive. Her only ally is neighbor Jacob, who has his own demons (including an aggressive paint huffing brother) that he is trying to escape. Together they form likely friendships with the local super nerds, and, as puberty begins to hit their circle, everyone soon has a crush on each other, regardless of gender. Once Jesse and her outsider posse discover punk rock and sneaking out to shows, nothing will stop them as they embrace who they are and rise above the closed minds of their community.

Complete with an infectious soundtrack, Night Fliers will remind you about the transformative power of friendships, and how salvation can come from unexpected places.

Also playing in this program is Licorice, a sweet coming-of-age story about a teenage girl looking for a connection online, and the tale of eight-year-old Kristy, who is in love with her fave t-shirt.—CHARLOTTE GUTIERREZ

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