Another Feature Film, PRE, Just Added!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Documentary Feature PRE Just Added to Schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the feature film PRE to our roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

PRE, dir. Steven Tanenbaum
On September 1st, 2001, the ensemble, Another Urban Riff, had been performing their critically acclaimed play, MONO, on the Lower East Side of New York City for one year. Three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the director and actors – except for one who was missing – returned to the theatre for the first time to vote on whether it was okay to continue performing a dark comedy.

PRE, the first aftermath comedy, was inspired by the days immediately after 9/ll and literally refers to the ninety minutes before a play starts. PRE is an ensemble story that follows a diverse group of young artists; packing backstage horseplay, romance, addiction, the-show-must-go-on tradition, even dream sequences and flashbacks into its 85 minutes. Inspired by New York City mythologies both pre and post 9/11 (notably a passage from E.B. White’s Here Is New York), PRE documents the every-day-ordinary backstage traumas that are heightened by an extraordinary situation to explore fundamental truths about our humanity.

In New York City, right after 9/11, mainstream entertainment had not yet resumed, so it took nerve for Another Urban Riff to perform MONO three days after the attack but it was inspirational to be funny. The writer/director of PRE, who survived a crippling, near fatal collision following 9/11, injects the film with the same life-saving humor that helped him survive an aftermath.

PRE recreates the small pocket of time directly following 9/11 when all New Yorkers, and most of the world, acted as if they were part of an ensemble.


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