WTFF 2019: A BREAD FACTORY, PART 1 & 2
A BREAD FACTORY, PART 1 & 2
When: March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
- 7:00 PM – A BREAD FACTORY PART 1: For the Sake of Gold
- 9:30 PM – A BREAD FACTORY PART 2: Walk with Me a While
What: Patrick Wang's epic, yet intimate two-part portrait of an idiosyncratic community and its indelible artists, which has been hailed by critics as among “the best films of 2018!” (AV CLUB).
A BREAD FACTORY, PART 1 & 2 (2018)
Dir. Patrick Wang
Cast: Tyne Daly, Elisabeth Henry-Macari, James Marsters, Zachary Sayle and Brian Murray.
Runtime: 242 minutes (with a thirty minute Intermission)
“The most original filmgoing experience of the year… as thorough and thoughtful a statement on art and life as any American filmmaker has given us.” - Matt Zoller-Seitz, RogerEbert.com
“Wang is a singular artist, but he taps into a rich tradition… the expansive comedies of Robert Altman...the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman...the work of Jacques Rivette.” - Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times
Set in the imagined community of Checkford, New York, a modest arts centre known as The Bread Factory struggles to retain both its relevance and resources as their annual funding from the city council risks being diverted to a decidedly more corporate arts institution fronted by an ostentatious pair of performance artists. As The Bread Factory’s founders Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry-Macari) marshall the community to come to their support, a cavalcade of eccentric personalities are introduced, each character with their own personal discord to resolve, and each buoyed by an exceptional performance. You’ll learn of an ancient thespian’s 50-year feud with a theatre critic and watch a lovesick teenager rise up to meet a newfound responsibility. You’ll also bear witness to the growth of a performer over the course of a production of Euripides’ “Hecuba” and marvel at how patiently and precisely writer/director Patrick Wang weaves these threads and others across a series of exquisite vignettes and even outright musical numbers, each thoughtfully photographed on gorgeously grainy 16mm. The end result, across two epic halves, is a profound reminder of the transformative power of art and a communal tapestry as vivid and endearing as the folksy portions of TWIN PEAKS.