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Funny Ha Ha (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

Director Andrew Bujalski visits for this screening of his 2002 debut feature. Info


Andrew Bujalski is essentially the godfather of mumblecore, a filmmaking movement that is not unified by any stretch of the imagination. In some of mumblecore's hallmarks—non-professional actors, naturalistic dialogue, and slice-of-life portraits—one can feel the strong influence of auteurs like Rohmer and Cassavetes. Funny Ha Ha (2002) was Bujalski's first full-length feature, and the director will be visiting Madison to participate in a Q&A after this screening. (The budgets and target audience have gotten slightly bigger for Bujalski over the years, as anyone who caught his 2018 film Support The Girls at last year's Wisconsin Film Festival can attest.)

Funny Ha Ha's protagonist, Marnie (Kate Dollenmayer), seems to have anticipated the stereotypes about "millennials" that dominate our cultural discourse today. She graduated from college but is going from odd job to odd job. She has not quite left her partying ways behind in her quest to find love. She takes nothing with any sustainable amount of seriousness, including her love life in addition to her professional life. In Marnie's story, Bujalski captures the bleak outlook and virtual helplessness of a group of people who were promised the world and found a void at the end of the rainbow. —Edwanike Harbour

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