We Always Lie to Strangers / Part of Tucson Film and Music Festival 2013

Friday, October 11 at 7:00pm

General Admission: $8 • Loft Members & Students: $5

 

 

Winner! Special Jury Recognition for Directing, SXSW Film Festival 2013

“A hell of a good film … an emotional rollercoaster … mixing humorous moments with genuine, heart-wrenching loss.” – Jason Gorber, Twitch

“Truly marvelous … We Always Lie to Strangers is at times so poetic that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t scripted.” – Truth on Cinema

“A movie as entertaining as the tireless performers it presents, healthily skeptical but not condescending and simply a joy to watch … revealing a complicated reality about not just the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of Branson, as one resident puts it, but the nation that surrounds it.” – Moveable Feast

 

We Always Lie to Strangers is a story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, a remote Ozark Mountain town that is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the United States. Here, millions from around the country, and particularly from the American Midwest, flock to this unlikely Broadway of the Heartland for a return to "old fashioned, traditional values" and the family-style entertainment of Branson's 100+ staged music shows, many of which feature families performing together. As Branson faces economic uncertainty and changes in attitudes on social issues which challenge the livelihood of its citizens, and well as its identity as a traditional Ozark town, the interwoven sagas of these performing families (including a gay father struggling to be honest while protecting his sons, a single mother navigating a demanding performance schedule to make a precarious living, a mayor doing everything she can to keep her town from falling into insolvency, etc.) form a compelling, richly-detailed composite both of Branson and of contemporary America. From directors AJ Schnack (Kurt Cobain: About a Son) and David Wilson (Big Birding Day). (Dirs. AJ Schnack & David Boone Wilson, 2013, USA, 109 mins., Not Rated) Digital

 

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