17th Chicago Underground Film Festival

6:00 pm Theater One Monday, June 28

STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE

STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE
Laurel Nakadate, 93 min, video, USA, 2009

Laurel Nakadate delves deep into the awkward, raw, and funny psyche of American girlhood in STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE. Shot in Kansas City using non-actors in their own homes, the film follows a loosely connected series of vignettes, each with a different young woman sharply in focus. Part voyeurism, part teen fantasy, STSNC captures the desperate need for love, the surreal world of budding sexuality, and the terrifying insecurity that riddle the young girl archetype. The performances are at once alien and heartbreakingly familiar. The score, composed by Chicago musician Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, punctuates all the girly non-action. (Christy LeMaster)