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For the sixth film in 2012-2013 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston will be screening "The MisAdventures of the Dunderheads".
The screening will be Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts at 54 St. Philip Street on the College of Charleston campus. Following the screening, the audience will engage in a discussion with the filmmakers, D.G. Brock and Bruce Stubblefield. The film screening and reception following are free and open to the community.
Here's a synopsis of the film courtesy of The Halsey:
In the MisAdventures of the Dunderheads you will meet an old Montana family who have been in the mountains too long, but they are as American as apple pie and murder. Eccentric, strong-willed Grandma Ira, played by Olympia Dukakis, is quietly raising her teenage grandkids, Womple, played by Haley Joel Osment, and Ella, played by Alison Brie, when Womple accidentally kills his best friend.
Before the local law can show up, Ira bundles the teenagers into an ancient Ford Falcon and takes off for her fantasy idea of a safe haven, Canada. There is one big problem. Ira can't read, not even highway signs, and leads the family on a bizarrely funny journey through the American West, ending up in Mexico. Granddaughter Ella is a pretty and immature 18-year-old wrapped up in a world of sexy fantasy that's several degrees off kilter. She travels with a pillowcase full of headless dolls and tries to kindle romance with gas station attendants every time they stop. Her advances are successful until the penniless trio drives off without paying.
Her brother Womple is 17 going on ten. He believes his absent father is a famous big game hunter in Africa. Womple keeps busy ducking the trouble that plagues him everywhere he goes, all the while scheming on how to track down his missing dad. At journey's end, on top of a Mexican volcano, the teenagers discover that their grandmother has always been their best friend in this funny and poignant fable of the human family.