DIRECTOR: ROB NILSSON
CAST: EDWIN JOHNSON, KELVIN HAN YEE, JOHNNIE REESE, DON BAJEMA
Rob Nilsson in person on 7/26 at 7pm & 7/27 at 4:30pm.
Directed by Rob Nilsson, winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes for Northern Lights and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Heat and Sunlight, as well as the creative leader of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Action Group and The Tenderloin yGroup acting workshops, whose participants were largely street people from the city’s skid row, Chalk centers its drama around a rundown black pool hall operated by the dying 60-year-old Watson (Edwin Johnson). The rough-and-ready film was brilliantly shot on video by DP Mickey Freeman and produced by Rand Crook and Ethan Sing. Watson’s two sons—doted-on, adopted Chinese-American pool prodigy T.C. (Kelvin Han Yee), and Jones (Johnnie Reese), Watson’s child with a Korean woman he met during the Korean War—vie for their father’s affections, culminating in a can’t-win match between T.C. and a ranking pro (Don Bajema), arranged by the spurned Jones. “An Oedipal drama so raw it feels like falling facedown onto a pile of bricks... Nilsson combines a performance-oriented, Cassavetes-like realism with a painterly, expressionist sense of color and composition...”—Amy Taubin, The Village Voice