The Driftless Area

Opening Night Film
95 minutes

Director Zachary Sluser is expected to be in attendance.

Q&A will follow the film.

In this quirky and metaphysical romantic drama, an unassuming bartender returns to his Midwestern hometown after the death of his parents and quickly finds himself drawn into danger involving an enigmatic woman and a violently incompetent criminal. Starring Anton Yelchin (Fright Night), Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer), and John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone); directed by Zachary Sluser, who co-wrote the screenplay with Tom Drury, based on his novel of the same name.

Pre-Screening Live Music from LOTT 6:30-7:00pm

LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician, Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows). Classical Experimental Violin. The core inspiration for LOTT’s compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordal structures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi and Owen Pallet.

LOTT was awarded “Best Acoustic Performer” in City Pages Best Of the Twin Cities 2015. “…With a looping pedal hooked up to her instrument, Ottman layers intricate melodies that combine classical beauty with an adventurous ear for contemporary experimentation not unlike Andrew Bird. Her voice, loaded with attitude and a penchant for flowing leaps, sweetens the deal…”

Zachary Sluser