Chair's Discussion Series: Allswell Screening + Talkback
Screening + Talkback
Friday, September 16
4:00pm - 7:00pm
We will be holding a screening of Ben Snyder's film, Allswell (Winner, Best Screenplay, Tribeca Film Festival 2022), at 4:00pm.
Following the screening, there will be a talkback moderated by Dramatic Writing Associate Chair, Cusi Cram, at 6:00pm.
“Allswell” is one of those rare movies that feels less like a cinematic presentation and more like a personal invitation into someone’s home. There’s no pageantry, no fuss; they didn’t even clean the place up for you. You’re going to get to know everyone better, they’re not going to hide their unflattering sides, and by the end you’ll feel peaceful and welcome.
Directed by Ben Snyder, it’s the story of two sisters, Daisy (Elizabeth Rodriguez, “Orange is the New Black”) and Ida (Liza Colón-Zayas, “In Treatment”), and their sister-in-law Serene (Daphne Rubin-Vega). Daisy, about to adopt a child from a young mother who advertised on Craigslist, co-owns a restaurant with no small amount of drama attached. Clinic counselor Ida reconnects with their troubled and dying brother Desmond (Felix Solis, “Ozark”), and Serene is losing patience with her adult daughter, Connie (Shyrley Rodriguez, “Knives Out”), who’s working as an erotic model.
The screenplay from Rodriguez, Colón-Zayas, Rubin-Vega and Snyder has no interest in exaggerated melodrama or shocking twists. “Allswell” is the tale of three lives that already converged decades ago, already had their wild romances, already made mistakes. We aren’t watching them get together and split apart; we’re watching how they stay together during trying times, and we come to realize they’ve done it before and will do it again.
- William Bibbiani, The Wrap