Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s Domenico’s – 100
We Are Gathered Here
Directed by Joanna Bowzer
USA | 82 min | 2019
It’s the eve of perpetual good guy Ben’s wedding to practically perfect in every way Lisa, and he couldn’t be happier. But when his wild ex-girlfriend, Jules, suddenly reappears after leaving him in the lurch three years prior, Ben is faced with an unforeseen decision. Desperately hoping to appease everyone, Ben ignores the urging of his brash yet well-meaning “best man” Rachel, and neglects to immediately kick Jules and her eccentric bestie Maria out of the house.
When Lisa shows up, called to the scene by his oddball older brother Bobby (who maybe didn’t think that phone call through), emotions amplify, and friendships begin to buckle under the strain. It takes Rachel literally slapping some sense into Ben for him to finally articulate what he truly wants. Through a darkly comedic lens, WE ARE GATHERED HERE emphasizes the importance of friendship as it examines social expectations, teetering fragility, and the active struggle with “obligations” that come with each new marker of adulthood.
Joanna Bowzer is a director/producer of film and theatre. Her work has been described as both ‘casually sardonic’ (LA Weekly) and a ‘breath of fresh air’ (NY Theater Review), and her award-winning films have played over 40 festivals including Slamdance, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Catalina International Film Festival, and Manhattan Film Festival. WE ARE GATHERED HERE is her sophomore directorial feature. Joanna is a member of Film Fatales and the Alliance of Women Directors.