The Nowhere Inn (2020)

The Nowhere Inn
Director: Bill Benz
Writer: Carrie Brownstein, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark)
Cast: St. Vincent, Carrie Brownstein, Dakota Johnson
Part of: SLASH 1/2 Festival
Seen on: 18.6.2021

Content Note: sexualized violence

Annie Clark (Annie Clark aka St. Vincent) has asked her best friend Carrie Brownstein (Carrie Brownstein) to shoot a documentary about her as she goes on tour. Carrie is committed to show Annie like she really is, both on-stage as St. Vincent and off-stage as Annie. But it quickly becomes apparent that Annie is not really interesting. In their attempts to bring St. Vincent and Annie Clark a little closer together, things start to spiral out of control and the line between documentary and fiction, movie making and reality blurs more and more.

The Nowhere Inn is a strange film that works for the most part, both as meta-/autofiction and as advertising for St. Vincent. It is certainly worth it to let yourself be taken on that ride.

The film poster showing a woman (possibly St Vincent) from behind, wearing a jacket that says The Nowhere Inn on the back.
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XX (2017)

Segment 1: The Box
Director: Jovanka Vuckovic
Writer: Jovanka Vuckovic
Based on: Jack Ketchum‘s short story
Cast: Natalie BrownJonathan WattonPeter DaCunhaPeyton Kennedy
Segment 2: The Birthday Party
Director: St. Vincent aka Annie Clark
Writer: Roxanne BenjaminSt. Vincent aka Annie Clark
Cast: Melanie LynskeySeth DuhameSanai VictoriaSheila VandLindsay Burdge
Segment 3: Don’t Fall
Director: Roxanne Benjamin
Writer: Roxanne Benjamin
Cast: Casey AdamsBreeda WoolAngela TrimburMorgan Krantz
Segment 4: Her Only Living Son
Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Christina KirkKyle AllenMike Doyle
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 4.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

XX is a strong and very entertaining anthology film that I enjoyed a lot. I particularly loved the animated transition sequences between the segments by Sofia Carrillo that turned into its own small story in the end.

But of course, there was also much to like about the actual segments of the film – I talk about each individually after the jump.

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The Hunting Ground (2015)

The Hunting Ground
Director: Kirby Dick
Writer: Kirby Dick
“Cast”: Andrea Pino, Annie Clark
Part of: FrauenFilmTage
Seen on: 27.2.2016

[Trigger Warning: rape, sexual assault]

The Hunting Ground takes a long, hard look at USAmerican university campuses and their treatment of rape and rape survivors. Survivors like Andrea Pino and Annie Clark who were both raped at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As if that mere fact wasn’t bad enough, the way the university handled the attacks on them was so appalling that they decided to become active so that in the future, rape survivors won’t be traumatized all over again by the way their traumatic experience is handled afterwards.

It’s not that long ago that I saw The Invisible War. With The Hunting Ground, Kirby delves yet again into the topic of rape and how it’s treated by authorities and institutions after it happened. Only that this time he turns to an institution that doesn’t meet the strict patriarchal, hypermasculine criteria like the army does (or so you’d think) and still shows the same problems all over again.

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