Akira Boch / USA / 2012 / 75 min / English / Color / HDCAM* / World Premiere
Akira Boch’s feature debut is a fun romp across L.A. with a group of friends who punctuate their monotonous days in the minimum-wage workforce by adopting stray Dobermans, playing horse races, producing groundbreaking vampire-alien films, and starting bands with their freeloading roommates.
Boch’s characters particularly protagonist Darla, are just a bit too sober for the sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll lifestyle espoused by many biopics about the genesis of famous bands like the Runaways. But this is not a portrayal of a real rock group; the Crumbles are entirely fictional, yet still capture the very real awkwardness, frustration, and intermittent elation that come with being twenty-something and waiting for one’s chance to rise out of obscurity. Whether ‘everyday girl’ Darla and her manic pixie dream roommate Elisa, whose main talents are the “keytar” and cutely bumming around Echo Park, can make it work long enough to keep the band itself from crumbling remains the central drama. Their crew is rounded out by “psychic” friends, brooding ex-boyfriends, and shirtless drummers who threaten to topple the delicate balance of their fledgling but promising rock outfit.
SFIAAFF 2011 viewers who saw Boch’s short documentary Barbara Kawakami: A Textured Life should expect a different side of this filmmaker, who has coaxed natural and likeable characters out of a multiracial cast of relative unknowns (save veteran Amy Hill, in a split-second role as a café manager). Be ready for fun music, lots of beer, and a taste of the next chapter in this burgeoning filmmaker’s career.
Attending guest (3/10): Akira Boch (Director)
Co-presenter: Kollaboration (3/10, 3/14)
- Director: Akira Boch
- Producer: Gena Hamamoto
- Cast: Katie Hipol, Teresa Michelle Lee, Jeff Torres, Ebony Perry