Living in Oblivion
Wednesday, December 21
Our Dream Factory Festival continues with Living in Oblivion, a 1995 low-budget, independent film, written and directed by Tom DiCillo. This brilliant comedy deals with dreams at more levels than any other film. The action begins with the shooting of a film-within-a-film as repeated technical malfunctions become more and more ludicrous until the cameraman awakes. He gets up, heads to work, and the first day of filming begins with the romantic misadventures of the female star taking center stage until she also awakens. Then we begin to see the director's problems including that of shooting the dream scene of the film-within-a-film. Although all of this is focused on the director's issues, we never see him awaken – presumably this is symbolic of the fact that the finished film is always the director's dream in some sense.
Our discussant will be Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is past president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, author of four books including The Committee of Sleep. Dr. Barrett’s commentary on dreams has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox, The Discovery Channel, and Voice of America. She has been interviewed for dream articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Newsweek.
For NAC Members-only: Prior to the screening, join us for a prix-fixe dinner at 6:00 PM at the “Film Table.”
Be sure to reserve with the dining room at (212) 477-2389 or firstname.lastname@example.org