Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Uneasy Rider 

Wednesday, Jan 30 2013
When last we saw Jon Jost — and a good long while ago it was — he was giving the middle finger to the U.S.A. and leaving San Francisco for Rome. Twenty years later, the peripatetic and outspoken independent filmmaker circles back our way with a hit-and-run preview screening of his latest feature. Shot last fall in Montana, the new film marks a return to the rural settings and bruising emotional terrain of Jost’s masterpieces Sure Fire (1990) and The Bed You Sleep In (1993). Those quietly shattering dramas of destructive family values were slow-burning fires that built, patiently yet inexorably, toward tragedy. Jost’s best work functions as both an oddly empathetic examination of patriarchal pigheadedness and a lacerating parable of wrong-headed American “exceptionalism.” (A gun or two usually finds its way into the narrative, although no apple pie.) As one might hope when confronted with an unreconstructed bridge burner approaching his 70th birthday, Jost remains irascible to the core. His appearance tonight, courtesy of San Francisco Cinematheque, may have a bit of a prophet’s vibe — political, intelligent, defiant, and unpredictable.
Fri., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., 2013

About The Author

Michael Fox

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"