Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago
Hailed by bestselling author Jonathan Lethem as “William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly,” poet, author, and screenwriter Barry Gifford has given the world more than forty works, including the Sailor and Lula novels that inspired David Lynch’s Wild at Heart. Directed by Chicago-based filmmaker Rob Christopher and featuring Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, and Lili Taylor, Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago brilliantly brings to life Gifford’s autobiographical collection of stories, capturing a vanished 1950s Chicago through a jazzy, impressionistic combination of beguiling archive footage, animation, and spoken word. Walter Salles called it “so immersive you can almost sense the smell of the Chicago streets… Roy’s World is a beautiful, original and resonant film.” Q&A with director Rob Christopher. (2020, USA, 75 min., DCP)
Rob Christopher wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed fiction feature Pause of the Clock, which had its world premiere at the Denver Film Festival in 2015 and screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2016. In January 2017 it was nominated for “Best Chicago Film” by the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. He wrote the introduction to the young adult edition of Sad Stories of the Death of Kings by Barry Gifford and edited several Roy stories for publication on the website Chicagoist. He is also author of the book Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie and has written articles for such publications as the Chicago Reader and American Libraries. His film writing frequently appears in Cine-File Chicago.