She likes to “Kick, Stretch AND Kick!” Yes, “Sally O’Malley” and “Mary Katherine Gallagher” and all the other little voices living in actress/comedian MOLLY SHANNON’s head are in Seattle this weekend as the Seattle International Film Festival pays tribute to the illustrious alumna of “Saturday Night Live” and her subsequent film career. SIFF is screening Shannon’s two most recent films this weekend: tragicomedy, Other People and the world premiere of Miles. Both films will screen on Sunday, May 22nd at The Egyptian on Capitol Hill with Molly Shannon present for the Other People screening which is being billed as “An Afternoon with Molly Shannon” at 4:30 pm. The actress will be on hand for a retrospective look at her career and will take questions from the audience. Writer/director Chris Kelly is also scheduled to be in attendance as well for this screening of Other People. A few tickets remain; grab them HERE! More on the film:
“Saturday Night Live”/“Broad City” writer and first-time director Chris Kelly delivers a fresh and personal debut feature with OTHER PEOPLE. In this tragicomedy, 29-year-old comedy writer David (Jesse Plemons, “Fargo,” “Breaking Bad”) must leave his New York City lifestyle for Sacramento to see his mother Joanne (“SNL” alum Molly Shannon) and, to his disappointment, the rest of his conservative, religious family. David is possibly in the midst of the worst year of his life: He just broke up with his boyfriend of five years, his writing career isn’t panning out, and Joanne—his everything—has cancer. David’s love for his mother leaves very little room to engage with his sisters (Maude Apatow, Madisen Beaty), and he struggles to connect with his emotionally distant dad (Bradley Whitford, “The West Wing”), who still can’t bring himself to accept David’s homosexuality, leaving David to feel like a stranger in his own childhood home. OTHER PEOPLE thrives in dealing with the topics of death, family, and sexuality with humor and heart, with Shannon’s fierce and touching performance at its center.
Shannon’s other SIFF entry, Miles has a screening at 1:30pm with director Nathan Adloff and actor Tim Boardman on hand for a Q&A. More on that film:
It’s 1999, the beginning of senior year, and 17-year-old Miles (Tim Boardman, “Unbreakable Kimmy. Schmidt”) cannot wait to start film school in Chicago. But when his f. r suddenly dies of a heart attack, Miles discovers that the patriarch has squandered the family’s entire savings on his mistress, leaving the teen and his mother Pam (Molly Shannon, “Saturday Night Live”) without a dime. Desperate to leave his small-town life, Miles happens upon a volleyball scholarship for Loyola College. The trouble is, his high school doesn’t have a boys’ volleyball team . . . but it does have a girls’ team. Citing the legality of Title IX—which prohibits federal exclusion based on gender—he becomes the latest member of the Pondley Warriors, but it’s not long before parents and coaches alike rise up in protest of his participation, putting his college dreams in jeopardy. Based on a true story and featuring supporting work from a perfectly cast bevy of ’90s actors—Missi Pyle (Galaxy Quest), Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”), Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons”), Ethan Phillips (“Star Trek: Voyager”), and Malcolm Gets (“Caroline in the City”) fill out the ranks—Miles is a gentle, sweet tale in which two people, a mother and a son, learn what it takes to be independent.
Other People will encore on Monday, May 23rd at 4:30 pm at SIFF Cinema at The Uptown. Tickets HERE for that screening.