Join us for a virtual screening of I Used to Go Here and a Q&A with Director Kris Rey and Actress Gillian Jacobs.
Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Gretchen McGowan.
Following the lackluster launch of her debut novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) receives a welcome invitation from her former professor and old crush (Jemaine Clement) to speak at her alma mater. With her book tour cancelled, and her ego deflated, Kate hopes that returning to her old college as a published author will give her the morale boost she sorely needs. Instead, she falls into a comical regression—from misadventures with eccentric 20-year-olds to feelings of jealousy toward her former professor’s new favorite student. Bittersweet emotion and awkward humor abound as Kate journeys through her past to redefine her future in this big-hearted fourth feature from writer/director Kris Rey. A Gravitas Ventures release.
Run of Show:
Watch the film: Any time Friday, August 7th at 9AM through Monday, August 10th at 11:59 PM
Join the Q&A: Monday, August 10th at 4PM
Kris Rey’s debut feature, It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, played in competition at SXSW in 2009, closely followed by her next feature, Empire Builder (2012), which starredKate Lyn Sheil, Bill Ross IV, and Joe Swanberg. Her third feature, Unexpected, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. Rey also directed the short film Baby Mary (2014) and has had small acting roles in films like First Man, Joshy, and Happy Christmas. Kris Rey lives and works in Chicago and teaches film production at Northwestern University.
Gillian Jacobs is an actor, producer, and director. She memorably starred in the Judd Apatow produced Netflix original series, Love. Previously, she starred in the critically acclaimed comedy Community. For her portrayal of Britta she was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress and the show was awarded the 2012 Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Series. Other television roles include a buzzy turn opposite Adam Driver on HBO’s Girls and the upcoming Amazon animated series Invincible. Jacobs’ upcoming films include 20th Century Fox’s Fear Street trilogy, Violence of Action for director Tarik Saleh opposite Chris Pine and Ben Foster, and Amblin’s Come Play. Her other recent films include the Netflix film Ibiza, Warner Brothers’ Life of the Party opposite Melissa McCarthy, Demetri Martin’s Dean which won the 2016 Jury Award for Best US Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice which was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards. As a director, Jacobs helmed the narrative short film, Curated, for Refinery29’s groundbreaking Shatterbox Series with TNT. She previously made her directorial debut with The Queen of Code, a documentary short film about the computer scientist and high-ranking naval officer Grace Hopper. She directed the upcoming premiere episode of Marvel’s 616 for Disney+. Gillian has also written many articles and conducted interviews for Glamour and Lenny Letter on topics ranging from Marlo Thomas to Women in Science to Elvira.
Gretchen McGowan (moderator) is an award-winning producer and the Head of Production for Goldcrest Features in New York City where she oversees titles such as Carol, Mojave, Slumber, Restrepo, Carrie Pilby and Danger, Close. Gretchen has collaborated with Sebastian Junger on five films and she is now completing Blood on the Wall with Junger and Fisher Stevens, a documentary feature to premiere September 30th on National Geographic. Gretchen independently produced Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control, a Focus Features release and Magnolia Pictures’ American Swing. While Head of Production with Mark Cuban’s HDNet Films, Blow Up Pictures and Open City Films she supervised over 25 features including Redacted, Enron, Broken English, Bubble, Lovely and Amazing and Coffee and Cigarettes. Her work as a freelance producer includes The Dancemaker, Buffalo ’66, Two Girls and a Guy, American Psycho and Heavy.
Film Rental – $5, Free Virtual Q and A,
This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.