Surrogate Valentine 2: Daylight Savings
Dave Boyle / USA / 2012 / 73 min / English / B&W / HDCAM* / World Premiere
In this sequel to last year's Closing Night hit Surrogate Valentine, floundering indie rocker "Goh" (SF stalwart Goh Nakamura) returns, scoring soul-crushing commercials for cash and ready to embark on the "biggest tour of his life." On his way home from a show in LA, though, everything goes sideways when his longtime girlfriend breaks up with him… over Skype. Unsure of where he belongs outside her arms, the perpetually lovelorn Goh spends his post-breakup days in a haze, botching interviews and even sleepwalking through a visit from his former crush Rachael (the lovely Lynn Chen).
At his going-away party, Goh finally clicks with Yea-Ming, a thirty-something singer in her own band (aptly named "Dreamdate"), but before he can make his move she leaves for a show in Las Vegas. When Goh’s cousin Mike suggests that they stretch the task of driving to his first gig into a more wide-ranging "gentlemen's" road trip, Goh is too winded to turn him down – which might turn out to be a good thing after all.
Scripted by director Dave Boyle, Nakamura, and a few collaborators, Surrogate Valentine: Part 2 boasts plenty of local color and lots of low-key laughs as it tours the institutions of everyday life, from Craigslist to coffee shops, all grounded by the lovable grumbling of its shambling antihero. Operating within the familiar world of the American indie but not constrained to it, SFIAAFF-favorite Boyle's approach bleeds modesty and restraint, casting life as a series of moments and never asking for a moment to be more than it is.
Co-presenter: Kearney Street Workshop (3/11)
- Director: Dave Boyle
- Executive Producer: Gary Chou, Brian Kobashikawa
- Producer: Duane Andersen, Michael Lerman
- Writer: Michael Lerman, Dave Boyle
- Cast: Lynn Chen, Goh Nakamura, Joel Clark, Michael Aki, Yea-Ming Chen, Ayako Fujitani
- Sound: Curtis Choy