Tuesday, May 16

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Gas Food Lodging

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Student Tickets are $5, available in advance online only. Brattle Passes will be accepted for this event – see below for details.


Director Allison Anders in Person!

(1992) dir Allison Anders w/Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk, James Brolin, Robert Knepper, J Mascis [101 min; DCP]
We are honored to bring Allison Anders back to the Brattle to celebrate the 25th anniversary of GAS FOOD LODGING as part of our “A Year of Women in Cinema” program. One of the darlings of the American indie film scene in the 90s, Anders has a talent for telling poetic and poignant stories about strong women in challenging situations. In GAS FOOD LODGING, she brings us to rural New Mexico, where a single mother and her two daughters are trying to navigate a world that is gently hostile.

“Anders took a sledgehammer to Reaganite sensibilities and showed women who were living on the edge—and in doing so placed herself in the vanguard of the indie wave of the ’90s… Throughout her film career, Anders has brought her tough personal experiences to the screen and challenged audiences to see women in new ways—a legacy directors continue to build on today.” – Melissa Silverstein, Sight & Sound

“‘Gas Food Lodging’ is a big film in a small setting, a keenly observed character study of women who don’t know their own strength.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times

Allison AndersAllison Anders is one of the most iconic filmmakers to emerge from the indie film scene of the 1990s. For the low-key poetry of her films, Anders is often compared to directors such as Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant, and Jim Jarmusch. She has a talent for telling poetic and poignant stories about strong women in challenging situations.

Her 1992 film GAS FOOD LODGING premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to earn five Independent Spirit Award nominations – with Fairuza Balk winning Best Female Lead. That year, Anders was lauded as “Best New Director” by the New York Film Critics Circle.

After GAS FOOD LODGING, Anders went on to make the features Mi Vida Loca, Grace of My Heart, and Sugar Town before turning to TV, where she has directed episodes of Sex & the City, The L Word, Orange is the New Black, and, most recently, Riverdale.

In addition to filmmaking, Anders also has been a strong advocate of female voices and perspectives in the movie industry. In 2000, she championed a protest letter to The New York Times Magazine after it cited 65 directors in its Hollywood issue and only 3 were not white males. The letter was signed by a heavyweight roster of 66 directors including Gus Van Sant and Sofia Coppola.


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Tuesday 5/16
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Just Added! Student Tickets are $5, available in advance online only.

Tickets for this special screening are $12 general admission, $10 all discounts, Brattle passes will be accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats here.