IN PERSON: Griffin Dunne Sun Oct 26th matinee (time tba)
Lewis Birch (Dunne), a divorced, washed-up history professor now teaching at a junior college and moonlighting as a security guard hopes that his mammoth study on York, a slave who accompanied explorers Lewis and Clark, will turn his career around.
He decides to take his estranged teenage children (Madeleine Martin, Devon Graye) on a road trip to an academic conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But then Birch’s mother dies and the trio take a major detour to find his his eccentric and estranged father (Stuart Margolin) who’s on a trek with a group of Lewis and Clark re-enactors. Instead of an academic conference, Lewis, Zoe, and Jack are reluctantly pulled into something far from academic finding themselves on a journey of discovery and connection.
Griffin Dunne is a notable figure in contemporary independent filmmaking who’s worked on both sides of the camera in both film and television. He’s also the son of novelist Dominick Dunne and the nephew of author and screenwriter John Gregory Dunne and acclaimed writer Joan Didion. Griffin studied acting with Uta Hagen at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and made his film debut in 1975’s THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. Small roles in the 1979 feature CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER which he produced and 1981’s THE FAN marked his next film appearances. Dunne made a big splash in John Landis’ 1981 werewolf thriller, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, and mostly notably in Martin Scorsese’s 1985 dark comic AFTER HOURS. In between acting gigs, he and Amy Robinson produced such films as Sidney Lumet’s 1988 drama RUNNING ON EMPTY. He moved to directing with 1996’s “The Duke of Groove,” which earned an Oscar nomination for short subject, and made his feature debut with 1997’s ADDICTED TO LOVE.