Femme Film Fridays: Obvious Child

Film Screening and Discussion

June 2, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm

A twenty-something is forced to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.

Event Details

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about Obvious Child, directed and co-written by Gillian Robespierre, as part of the Femme Film Fridays series, a film series highlighting the cinematic works of women, both behind and in front of the camera. This inaugural season's theme is 'Choices'.

  • Included with your ticket is a 6:00 p.m. cash bar.
  • Anu Valia's short film, Lucia, Before and After, to screen prior to the feature film screening, 7:05 p.m. - 7:25 p.m.
  • Film screening from 7:25 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
  • Q&A following the screening with Elizabeth Mims, writer/director and Senior Film Program Director at the Austin Film Festival, and Amber Bixby, comedian and writer.
  • Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX Lobby doors.

Your ticket purchase supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

Film Details

Rating: R. Under 17 requires accompanying adult.
Starring: Jenny SlateJake LacyGaby HoffmannGabe LiedmanDavid Cross
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Writers: Gillian Robespierre (screenplay, story, short film), Karen Maine (story), Elisabeth Holm (story), Anna Bean (based on a short film), Karen Maine (based on a short film)
Runtime: 84 min.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release year: 2014

About the Film

The film was shot in Brooklyn and New York, New York in eighteen days. The title comes from the Paul Simon song, "The Obvious Child".

About the Filmmaker

Gillian Robespierre (1978 - present) is an American director and writer. Robespierre has won an Ashland Independent Film Festival Varsity Audience Award, and a Best Screenplay award from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards for the film Obvious Child.

She began her career as a production assistant on high budget features such as American Gangster. Robespierre is developing a comedy for FX with Elisabeth Holm, co-writer for Obvious Child, that will also star Jenny Slate.

About the Lead Actress

Jenny Slate (1982 - present) is an American comedian, actress, voice artist and author. Slate attended Columbia University, where she formed the improv troupe Fruit Paunch, which was her first lead into the comedy world. She went on to be in a comedy duo that was named 'best new variety show of 2008' by Time Out New York. Slate also performed regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.

Slate has had many television guest appearances including Bob's Burgers, GirlsThe Whitest Kids and more, and she also joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for one season. Slate co-wrote and voiced an animated short, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, about and anthropomorphic shell, later writing a 'Marcel' themed children's book as well. Slate won the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy from the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards in 2015 for her role in Obvious Child.

About the Guest Speakers

Elizabeth Mims grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated with a BFA from CalArts. Her 2012 film Only The Young was theatrically released by Oscilloscope and won numerous awards including the Silverdoc’s Sterling Silver Award for best US documentary, American Film Institute Audience Award, and was nominated for a Spirit Award.  She has worked with Austin Film Festival previously as the Director of the Young Filmmakers Program and is now the Senior Film Program Director.

Amber Bixby is an Austin-based comedian, writer, actress, and filmmaker. Her optimistic view of pessimism and sardonic charm have won over countless audiences. Bixby has performed at Jonah & Kumail's The Meltdown at Fantastic Fest, Boston's Women in Comedy Fest, the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Bixby's short film Opciono Dos was featured at the Texas Independent Film Festival. Bixby can also been seen starring in a webseries she co-created called Pretty Awful.

About Short Film and Filmmaker

Lucia, Before and After synopsis - After a long journey, a young woman deliberates a transition.

Filmmaker - Anu Valia is writer, director, and actor who has produced videos for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV, IFC, CollegeHumor, Vox Media, Refinery29, NYLON Magazine, Above Average, and more. She is also an ambassador for the American Film Showcase, a U.S. film diplomacy program promoting arts involvement and education abroad. 

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.