An amateur electronic-drum enthusiast travels to a housewares trade show looking to strike up the perfect business partnership. “Hardware,” directed by Stephen Jacobson, is an out-there drama/comedy, bolstered by cheesy drumbeats and awkwardly earnest performances, about a desperate man in search of opportunity. His name is Branch Dangus, and he’s travelled to Atlantic City to attend a convention where he hopes to offer his marketing services to an up and coming business. When he can’t get into the convention (because he didn’t register) he waits in the parking lot and strikes up a conversation with an entrepreneur responsible for cooklook, a video app that lets you broadcast yourself cooking, “and your friends can like it!” Branch offers some unsolicited advice to improve the product, hoping to spur a connection, but it doesn’t go as planned, and ends in resentment. He withdraws back into his drumkit, until even that abandons him. Both a farce on American enterprise, and a portrait of a strange outsider, Jacobson’s film premiered a couple years ago at Sundance before playing BAMcinemaFest and premiering online in 2017. We just discovered it, and are screening it today as an introduction to Jacobson’s work — tomorrow we premiere his new film, “Country Boy,” the completely different but just as memorable, half hour descent into drugged-out tomfoolery. (15 minutes). Directed by and edited by Stephen Jacobson. Written by Ellen Stringer and Stephen Jacobson. Starring Kenneth von Burmeister and Kevin Dwane. Director of Photography: Ryan Ackelsberg. Producer: Mike DeStefano. Production Designer: Zachary Urban. Score Composed and Performed by: Ari Eckols. Casting Director: Christina Morales.