2011 Maryland Film Festival selection
THE COLOR WHEEL
plays as part of the Charles Theater's Revival Series
Alex Ross Perry's THE COLOR WHEEL stars Carlen Altman, Bob Byington, Kate Lyn Sheil and Alex Ross Perry and screens from a new 35mm print.
WHEN: Thursday, July 26, 9 PM
WHERE: The Charles Theater, Charles Street, Baltimore
Film Synopsis : Could THE COLOR WHEEL, on its surface an indie comedy about bickering siblings, actually be the most subversive film in this year's festival? This self-described "objectionable comedy about disappointment and forgiveness" introduces us to JR (co-writer Carlen Altman) just as her live-in sexual relationship with her professor has come to an unpleasant end. JR calls on her sometimes brash, sometimes bashful younger brother Colin (director Alex Ross Perry) to help her move out of the professor's apartment, so the siblings pack into her ragged Honda Accord for a road trip—only to rediscover why neither of them can stand each other. Along the way, they encounter a world full of people whose opinion of the duo is equally low.
THE COLOR WHEEL was gorgeously shot on 16mm (with HD finishing) by Sean Price Williams, who also shot MFF 2007's FROWNLAND, a telling point of reference here. Whereas FROWNLAND offered an abrasive portrait of a universally despised loser, THE COLOR WHEEL seduces audiences with shimmering visuals and lively comedic situations. But both films frequently plunge us deeply into the horror that comes from struggling to tolerate a person that just might be intolerable. As with Perry's prior feature IMPOLEX, THE COLOR WHEEL builds to an emotional wallop, one that forces us to reconsider the entire film we've just seen. That's THE COLOR WHEEL: an artful comedy in the moment, a transgressive mindgame thereafter. (Eric Allen Hatch)
The New Yorker's Richard Brody says "Perry directs these uproarious rapid-fire flareups with exquisite comic timing and incisive comic framing."