SF IndieFest 2015: Britni West’s “Tired Moonlight”

TM STILL PAUL ICE CREAMAs is evident with this 76 minute love poem to “the treasure state”, writer, director, editor, and producer (busy girl) Britni West has a great fondness for Montana. With simple plotting, a minimal amount of dialogue, and lots of distinguishable unique visuals, Tired Moonlight is a most intriguing fly-on-the-wall look at modern day middle America.

It’s always a pleasure to see a filmmaker get optimum use out of their small budget, which West has no doubt done here. Skillfully she has edited together an impressive film to which any fan of those postcard gorgeously crafted films of Terrence Malick will be able to no doubt get behind.

A little heads up to those of you planning on seeing this based solely on Alex Kaprovsky (of HBO’s Girls) being in it, you might be disappointed, much the same way Tree of Life let down those hoping to see Brad Pitt in a more conventionally driven narrative.

My only complaint (the nitpick section of the review) has to do with the inclusion of fireworks being filmed. Not that it wasn’t edited together and filmed beautifully (it was), but it’s just that I have seen it done way too many times over the past five or six years, especially in this “type” of film, and it just feels tired. This little complaint however will definitely not deter me from seeing what this promising filmmaker has up her sleeve next.

Showtimes for Tired Moonlight:
Friday, February 6th – 7:15pm (Roxie Theatre)
Monday, February 9th – 9:30pm (Roxie Theatre)

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