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American Animals

April 20 @ 7:30 pm
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Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm
Cinemark Perkins Rowe

Gala * USA/UK * 116 min

Southern Perspectives Filmmaker Reception (5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at The Filmmaker’s Lounge) with live performances by Isaac Fox & Barry Hebert
Red Carpet (7:00 pm at The Atrium)
Gala Party (9:00 pm – 11:00 pm at The Filmmaker’s Lounge) with live performances by Airseekers Jamie Ray, Mayzer Thayne, & Serabee and live musical performances by Michael Foster Project’s: Roderick Jackson, Charles “Cizzle” Williams, & CJ Trusclair
All live performances and live music are FREE! For access to food & drinks, festival passes are available for purchase.

Director: Bart Layton
Producers: Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger, and Mary Jane Skalski
Sponsored by: Guarantee Restoration

Lexington, Kentucky, 2004: Spencer and Warren dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence. After Spencer is given a tour of Transylvania College’s rare book collection, he mentions the poor security to Warren and it hits them: they could pull off an audacious art theft by stealing the library’s copy of John James Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ one of the most valuable books in the world. Convinced they can get away with it, they turn to old crime films for inspiration…

Buoyed by an exceptional cast, documentary director Bart Layton (The Imposter) makes a brilliant leap into the world of fiction, cleverly utilizing elements of nonfiction to propel the narrative. A true story, American Animals is both a thrilling heist film and an existential journey undertaken by four misguided young men who cross the line searching for identity, adventure, and the kind of life that movies are made about.

Language: English

Sundance interview w Bart Layton, director and cast:

“Layton’s crowd-pleasing Sundance film is sensational: a riveting, college-boy crime caper that speeds along on pure movie-movie adrenaline, before U-turning into a sobering reflection on young male privilege and entitlement.” Variety

Film Website:

Director Bart Layton (center) with cast at 2018 Sundance Film Festival



Date: April 20
Time: 7:30 pm
Event CategoryFilm