SF IndieFest: FRANCES FERGUSON
First show: January 31
Frances (Kaley Wheless, The Highwaymen), snarky and affectless, has a lump of a husband, one child, a clueless mother, and a job as a substitute teacher in North Platte, Nebraska. Three years into her marriage, strangely enough, she finds herself dissatisfied. How does she deal with this anomie? In the most ill-advised way possible: A student in biology class catches her eye, she has an affair (donning her old cheerleading outfit as bait), and her life quickly takes a left turn for the worse. The rest of Bob Byington’s very arch, very polarizing comedy deals with Frances’ downward spiral: arrest, trial, jail time, divorce, probation, court-ordered group therapy, community service, North Platte’s reaction, and her unwelcome celebrity, sarcasm intact—all mined for comic possibilities. -SIFF
Bob Byington, making his third appearance at SF IndieFest (Harmony and Me 2009; RSO [Registered Sex Offender] 2008) assembles the exact right ensemble for the film’s bone-dry tone, including Martin Starr (“Silicon Valley”), David Krumholtz (“The Deuce”), and Bill Wise (Support the Girls), plus laconic narration courtesy of—who else?—Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”).
Directed by Bob Byington. USA. 74 min.
Plays with short: BROKE
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Directed by Isaiah Sturge. US. 6 min. Digital.