At the BAM Cinema Fest, a pair of talented new directors screened their Slamdance winner, Stranger Things. The film follows a young woman who returns to the house of her deceased mother and meets a homeless man who tests her sense of humanity. Leads Bridget Collins and Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) are excellent in this two-hander character study that has a lo-fi minimalism reminiscent of Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy.
The fire department arrived before the screening and the building evacuated when someone smelled smoke, leading Eyal to joke, "Tickets are burning up!" The easy-going crowd just took it as an opportunity to socialize outside on a warm summer day, and soon enough we were back inside.