Acclaimed indie film “Ham on Rye” screens Wed., June 1, with editor & executive producer Kevin Anton as special guest

Best Video Film & Cultural Center screens the acclaimed independent film “Ham on Rye” on Wed., June 1. The event starts at 7 PM and admission is $7.

Kevin Anton, a Hamden-native and editor and an executive producer of “Ham on Rye,” will be on hand to discuss the film—how it got made, its journey through film festivals, and more.

The movie has a 96% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

New York Times critic Glenn Kenny chose it as a “New York Times Critic’s Pick.” Kenny writes:

With his first feature, the director and co-writer Tyler Taormina delivers something at first familiar and then increasingly — but never ostentatiously — strange. “Ham on Rye” can be taken as an allegory for middle-class suburban life in America, but it’s got added value as a potent mood piece, accomplished with a bare minimum of means.

Rolling Stone writer K. Austin Collins awarded the film 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Collins writes:

The payoff is quiet, but grand. It is referential, but not merely so: “Ham on Rye” is more than just a catalog of our own pop culture memories. I definitely thought of Pennywise the Clown when a balloon got loose for no apparent reason; I thought more than once of “Blue Velvet,” too, if only because the movie’s sense of menace is, though tamped down, more than hinted at. Ultimately, “Ham on Rye”’s best point of reference is itself. It is, like the people therein, one of a kind and completely unforgettable.

The film scored 3 out of 4 stars from Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr. “Aspects of dreaming stick to the edges of this film,” Burr writes. “It’s never clear when we are, with music cues from the early ’60s and late ’90s, cars from the ’80s, an iPod from the turn of the millennium… “Ham on Rye” will frustrate literal-minded audiences, but it’s a work of gentle, genuine American surrealism — a lo-fi love song to those left behind by character and chance.”

Support for this screening has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

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