*Online Premiere* We’ve been following the Chicago filmmaker Brad Bischoff for several years. His previous film, Where the Buffalo Roam (2013) was a subtly touching story of two brothers on their last night together in the suburbs. In Nomad, the lead character is a little older, a little more established, but still feels unsettled.
It’s Saturday night and friends are on their way over. A husband pleads with his wife to cancel — he wants something deeper than the weekly chit-chat from the same old friends. He wants to go downtown, get drunk, feel alive. But plans are plans and the friends arrive, and the husband deflates like a beach ball.
As Phil Collins belts out “Another Day in Paradise” on the stereo, the husband sulks, a suburban malcontent — the camera locked on his face, the face of a man trapped in his own home. Bischoff has a talent for balancing characters with cool exteriors guarding soft hearts. And he elevates mundane moments to potential breaking points, like a steak sizzling in a pan. When the husband and wife finally share a quiet moment alone, anything could happen.
Nomad feels like a prologue to something larger — you almost expect opening credits to roll at the end. It does appear the collaboration between Bischoff and actor Malik Bader will continue. They are currently Kickstarting a new film called Grasshopper (along with Frank Ross, a NoBudge fave — we devoted a whole week to him back in 2012). This is a good one to get behind. It’s got 10 days left and a ways to go, but it's more than deserving.