Thirteen featuring a live Skype Q&A with director David D. Williams

June 17, 2011

The next installment in our Homebrewed series is Thirteen. Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm.

The lone retrospective title in our series, David Williams' Thirteen is a hard-to-find gem from the late 1990s. The film stars Nina, a moody thirteen-year-old girl who runs away from home to embark on a few adventures. Like Putty Hill, the film fuses documentary and narrative to create an authentic, charming and breathtaking experience.

"Piercingly beautiful. In giving barely fictionalised roles to his black neighbours and using his own home as set, Williams gives new meaning to the expression 'home movie.' Despite his selection at Sundance at the start of the 1990s, his lyricism – carried by the muted colours of 16mm – never set a trend. But he remains, with Charles Burnett, the most beautiful example of American 'folk cinema.'" (Charlotte Garson, Cahiers du Cinéma)