A Bread Factory
Opens Dec 18, 2018
December 18 & 19 Only!
Please note: we will screen the films as a double feature starting at 6pm both days, with a brief intermission separating them. If you watch A Bread Factory Part One on December 18 and would like to watch Part Two at 8:30pm on December 19, your ticket stub will grant you access on a space-available basis.
For two nights only, Ragtag is thrilled to present the ambitious new project from Patrick Wang, whose past films In the Family and The Grief of Others have screened in our Homebrewed film series. With A Bread Factory, Wang creates two separate but linked films both set within The Bread Factory, a community arts center located in Checkford, a fictional town in Upstate New York.
A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold (122 min.) follows Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elizabeth Henry), who, after 40 years of running The Bread Factory, are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity couple—performance artists from China—come to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town.
In A Bread Factory Part Two: Walk With Me a While (120 min.), Checkford residents are rehearsing the Greek play Hecuba at The Bread Factory. But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the town has been invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up workers. There is a new normal in Checkford, if it is even really Checkford any longer.
"Sprawling over four hours and screening in two parts, A Bread Factory has an immense cast, a deliberate pace and thematic ambition to spare—but it also has a ground-level, plain-spoken modesty that renders it hypnotic. Wang is a singular artist, but he taps into a rich tradition. The focus on the workings of an American institution may remind some of the expansive comedies of Robert Altman or the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman. But also, the blurring of the line between performance and reality, the embrace of an intimate theatricality, recalls the work of Jacques Rivette. These are cinematic giants, and this director may be on his way to joining them." (Bilge Ebiri, New York Times)
"The film, a sort of cinematic state-of-the-arts speech, is endlessly warm, playful and lovable, a sprawling and prankish hangout comedy with no clear precedent." (Alan Scherstuhl, L.A. Weekly)