When I first met my husband, he had this movie poster of Eric Schaeffer's If Lucy Fell hanging in his bachelor pad. Through Charles, I soon became familiar with Eric Schaeffer's work and now count myself an equally big fan. His popular Showtime series, I Can't Believe I'm Still Single was a particular favorite of mine and is a hilarious companion piece to his memoir of the same title. To summarize loosely, the series is based on Eric traveling from Portland to Portland looking for love in mostly all the wrong places which makes for comedy gold.
Charles wanted to bring Eric to Chicago and arranged for a screening of his latest film, After Fall, Winter at Facets Multimedia. I am delighted to have the opportunity to interview him with a Q&A after the screening.
Here are the details.There will be a reception before the screening, Q&A afterwards and an after party at The Small Bar. Hope you can join us for the evening's festivities.
Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 pm
A reception will be held at Facets prior to the screening at 6 pm
There will be a special admission fee for this event:
$15.00, which includes the reception and film.
After Fall, Winter is a provocative, sexy, and at times a disturbing tale about two people who desperately want intimacy but have not resolved their severe personal problems, and it may already be too late for them to save each other. Michael (Eric Schaeffer, Fall), is in considerable despair about his writing career, which was quite successful in the past, but now he is in a tailspin, burdened by debt and a bleak future. He leaves his home in New York and goes to Paris, hoping to find inspiration, but he also has a sadomasochistic streak that he is also trying to resolve.
While staying in Montmartre, Michael falls for the beautiful Sophie ((Lizzie Brocheré), who divides her time between working as a BD/SM dominatrix and also a hospice worker who is taking care of terminally ill patients. Michael begins courting her in earnest, his personality as painfully open, while she remains wary and emotionally distant, as they also hide their lurid fetishes from the other. Intriguingly, the developing romance between Michael and Sophie is sometimes sweet and charming, with lively exchanges of comedy and delight. In the meanwhile, Sophie is increasingly involved in the life of a straight-talking 13-year-old girl with leukemia, and gradually Sophie begins to lower her guard and see that there may be an opportunity for the redemptive potential of love. However, their perverse take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a doomed love with an ending that is a remarkable testament to sacrifice, destiny and passion.