CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
DVD Round-up: ‘Answers to Nothing,’ ‘Bounty Hunters,’ More
CHICAGO – There is such a unique array of DVD titles this week that we couldn’t just let them get buried on our desk like so many minor titles do over the year. At least one of these has to be of interest to you. Maybe even the Dane Cook movie.
All four titles were released on February 28th, 2012
“Answers to Nothing”
Answers to Nothing
Photo credit: Lionsgate
Starring: Dane Cook, Julie Benz, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Barbara Hershey
Running Time: 123 minutes
When an 11-year-old girl goes missing in Los Angeles, a chain of events is unleashed that will affect several strangers all struggling to find their own paths to redemption. Starring Dane Cook, Barbara Hershey and Julie Benz, these lost souls will together find the Answers To Nothing.
o Audio Commentary With Gillian Vigman (Writer), Matthew Leuwyler (Writer/Director), Amanda Marshall (Producer), Sim Sarna (Producer) and David Robert Jones (director of Photography)
o Deleted Scenes
o Alternate Ending
o “Iron Man” Music Video By Nico Vega
o “Fade” Music Video by Egyptian
Photo credit: MPI Home Video
Starring: Trish Stratus
Running Time: 79 minutes
Wrestling champion and fitness icon Trish Stratus explodes onto the screen in her feature film debut Bounty Hunters. A thrilling and sexy ride through crime-infested streets where everyone has a price. Jules (Stratus) and her team of mercenaries struggle to make ends meet until they find what seems like an easy job: deliver a mob informant to the police and claim a $100,000 reward. But the mob has its own proposition and gives Jules a choice: hand over the captive and walk away with a million dollars or face death at the hands of the underworld’s finest. Now Jules and her group must use every fighting skill they possess in a brutal, all out battle for survival.
o Interview With Trish Stratus
o Epic Fight: Behind The Scenes
“The Catechism Cataclysm”
The Catechism Cataclysm
Photo credit: IFC
Starring: Steve Little and Robert Longstreet
Running Time: 81 minutes
Father Billy (Steve Little, HBO’s Eastbound & Down), an eccentric young priest, is forced to take a sabbatical by his superiors when he is discovered telling inappropriate parables to his flock. Billy tracks down his high-school idol Robbie (Robert Longstreet, Septien, Great World Of Sound), who begrudgingly agrees to a canoe trip. On the water, the two men reminisce about Billy’s days as the keyboardist in a Christian band and Robbie’s as a guitarist for a metal band. When night approaches, they realize they have lost their way - and that’s when things get weird. Storytelling in all its forms is skewered in 2011’s Sundance favorite The Catechism Cataclysm, a divinely bizarre and funny tale that infuses stories within stories until the lines between the Bible, Mark Twain, and campfire tales are hilariously blurred.
o Commentary With Director Todd Rohal, Steve Little and Robert Longstreet
o Short Film: Sasquatch Birth Journal 2
o Japanese Trailer
“The Myth of the American Sleepover”
The Myth of the American Sleepover
Photo credit: Sundance Selects
Starring: Clare Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer, and Brett Jacobson
Running Time: 96 minutes
In the tradition of free-wheeling tributes to adolescence like Dazed & Confused, The Myth Of The American Sleepover follows four young people (a cast of brilliant young newcomers in their feature film debuts) on the last night of summer - their final night of freedom before the new school year starts. The teenagers cross paths as they explore the suburban wonderland they inhabit in search of love and adventure - chasing first kisses, elusive crushes, popularity and parties - and discover the quiet moments that will resonate as the best of their youth. Writer/director David Robert Mitchell crafts a tender coming-of-age drama that’s at times both heartwarming and truthful.
o Theatrical Trailer