I find it surprising that Dominic DeJoseph's Johnny Berlin 2: Notes From the Dumpster didn't get more festival attention. Granted, it's what amounts to a 70-minute videotaped monologue, but taking into account the fact that it's none other than Jon Hynes (Johnny Berlin, Woodpecker) doing the monologuing, this becomes a more enticing proposition. With hilarious, excruciating frankness, Hynes explains what he's been up to since being a train porter on the west coast in the Johnny Berlin days. His visions of an odyssey in Southeast Asia where he would finish his novel became muddled when he gambled all his money away. From there, things got more dour. With nowhere to hide—DeJoseph lets his takes run long so that the stories can build in a more honest fashion—Hynes tells it like it is, beautifully expressing that confused, deflated feeling that afflicts so many of us. If this sounds bleak and depressing, it isn't, for Hynes knows how to shape language in deeply funny ways.
The film shows at Anthology at 7:30 tonight. As an added bonus, DeJoseph will participate in a post-film discussion with none other than Shooting People's Ingrid Kopp. Visit the Flaherty NYC page for more information.