Presented in partnership with UC Riverside is a free screening of the feature debut Greener Grass from Palm Springs International ShortFest Alumni Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe who will be in attendance to introduce their film the night before their presentation at the UCR Public Forum.
Jill and Lisa live in their perfect homes in their idyllic suburban community with their happy families. Their days are spent in the grocery store exchanging fashion tips and at birthday parties complimenting their neighbors' potluck dips. As the women desperately vie for validation, they struggle to maintain pleasantry and normalcy, even when things get weird. And they do get weird. When Jill gifts Lisa her newborn baby in an altruistic gesture, paranoia overwhelms Jill while her fears and anxieties quickly unravel. Writers, directors, and stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe confirm their gift for outrageous absurdity in this impressive debut dark comedy full of unsettling behavior. Brimming with a talented cast of comedic favorites including Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live), D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place), and Sundance alumna Janicza Bravo, Greener Grass fully commits to a demented version of suburbia as DeBoer and Luebbe scrutinize the willingness to endure extreme discomfort in exchange for conformity.
Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe are an award-winning writing and directing team based in Los Angeles. Both veteran performers at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Jocelyn and Dawn partnered in 2015 and formed Gulp Splash Productions. Their first feature, Greener Grass, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by IFC Midnight. The film is a dark comedy based on their 2016 SXSW award-winning short film by the same name. Following its premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France, the Greener Grass short received a distribution deal with Canal + in Europe and Africa. Jocelyn and Dawn recently directed two episodes of TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything. In 2017, they sold a television pilot to IFC. They have written and produced three short films which have appeared in over 70 film festivals worldwide. They won Best Direction for their short, The Arrival at Funcinema Crítica de Cine in Argentina. The Arrival was also named Best International Short Film at the Roma International Short Film Festival, Best Short Film in the Lounge Comedy Shorts program at the The Napa Valley Film Festival, Best Comedy at the Way Down Film Festival in Georgia, and the Audience Award at The Chicago Critics Film Festival.
Monday, June 17
Mary Pickford's Cinemas D'Place