The Whole Shootin' Match
See the film that inspired Robert Redford to create the Sundance Institute!
|Presenting||The Whole Shootin' Match|
November 19, 2009
7:00PM to 8:30PM
|Contact Name||(970) 241-8801|
This November, ReelTime @ The Radio Room treats Grand Valley audiences to a unique facet of filmmaking history when it presents THE WHOLE SHOOTIN’ MATCH, a one-of-a-kind tragicomedy from late director Eagle Pennell. If Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute has brought worldwide attention and prestige to the art of independent filmmaking, then THE WHOLE SHOOTIN’ MATCH is the genesis of the changing face of modern cinema.
Redford cited THE WHOLE SHOOTIN’ MATCH as the inspiration behind the Institute’s creation, claiming it enlightened him to the possibilities of low-budget filmmaking when he screened it at the 1979 Park City Film Festival. Since its inception in 1981, the Institute has risen to international prominence and served as a springboard for thousands of new independent voices in the industry.
Equal parts tragedy and comedy, this film follows the daily exploits of lovable losers Lloyd and Frank, two Texas buddies desperately clinging to the dream of one day making it big. Their misguided optimism lures them into one get-rich-quick scheme after the next despite years of spectacular failures that have left them frustrated and penniless.
“Lloyd and Frank are goofballs, yes, but their struggle has a certain heroism...There is an undertone of unspoken, maybe unrealized, despair beneath their daily adventures…THE WHOLE SHOOTIN’ MATCH is priceless.”
- Roger Ebert
Tickets are $6 and are also available at the door.