*Online Premiere* An impressionistic documentary portrait of a group of young friends hanging around a fire in rural Pennsylvania, getting drunk, taking mushrooms, shooting the shit. It captures the feeling of ‘being there’ with a loose verite approach, letting moments linger, tight close ups on faces, spontaneous bursts of revelry. You could see the men as lost or irresponsible, but it would be more accurate to chalk it up as some sort of ritual of young manhood.
The men hoot and holler watching fireworks explode. They jump over the fire. They fuck with their passed-out friends. Director Dane Mainella takes a unconventional approach refraining from commentary or plot, relying entirely on atmosphere, a good deal of which comes from raw but vivid camerawork and a subtly dynamic soundscape. He also plays with time. The film cuts around indeterminately, night mixes with day, back and forth, sometimes just in momentary flashes. The sum result is an off-kilter but artful slice-of-life reflecting a hazy night of drugs and drunkenness, aka bonding with friends. (17 minutes) Official Selection BAMcinemaFest.