I Saw the TV Glow

Opening Night. West Coast Premiere, with director Jane Schoenbrun and actors Justice Smith and Brigette Lundy-Paine in person, in conversation with Micah Gottlieb

Thursday, April 4
Vidiots Eagle Theatre

Director/Writer: Jane Schoenbrun

USA, 2023, 100 minutes, DCP

Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.

A mesmerizing coming-of-age film equally indebted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David Cronenberg, Jane Schoenbrun’s sophomore feature is a boldly conceived story of self-discovery, defined by the ecstatic highs and devastating pitfalls of pop-cultural obsession. With its magnetic cast and evocative ‘90s-set production design—set to a sensational soundtrack of original music from Alex G., Sloppy Jane and Caroline Polachek among others — I Saw The TV Glow evinces a depth of feeling that dares to embrace the mournful and abstract, and feels destined to become one of the enduring teen movies.

An A24 release

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival

Starring: Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Ian Foreman, Helena Howard, with Fred Durst and Danielle Deadwyler

Producers: Emma Stone, Dave McCary, Ali Herting, Sam Intili, Sarah Winshall