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Join us for a very special evening as we celebrate IHP's newly renamed Lightbox Film Center. This special launch party includes a 25th anniversary screening of the seminal indie film Gas Food Lodging with Director Allison Anders and special guests in attendance. The screening will be followed by a reception featuring music, food and cocktails.

Gas Food Lodging

25th Anniversary Screening

With Director Allison Anders in Attendance

Dir. Allison Anders, US, 1992, DCP, 101 min.

A sun-baked town in the middle of New Mexico is the backdrop for this poignant coming of age tale. Allison Anders’ breakout indie story of a single mother (Brooke Adams) raising two teenage daughters is remarkable for its sincere depiction of women finding agency as individuals. Shade (Fairuza Balk) and Trudi (Ione Skye) have different ways of coping with the absence of a father, bringing no shortage of grief for their overworked mother. With a soundtrack by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Gas Food Lodging is an enduring classic of the halcyon days of indie cinema, now begging to be rediscovered by a new generation of film lovers.

An American film and television director, Allison Anders spent her teens hitchhiking across the country, experiences she credits with giving her raw inspiration for her cinematic portraits. A graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Anders made her feature writing and directing debut with Border Radio (1987), a study of the LA punk scene, in collaboration with two classmates. Her first solo effort, Gas Food Lodging (1992), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and earned her a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director. The film received five Spirit Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Screenplay, and actress Fairuza Balk won the Best Actress award. Gas Food Lodging also won the Deauville Film Festival Critics Award. Later films include Mi Vida LocaFour RoomsGrace of My HeartSugar Town and Things Behind the Sun. She has received numerous awards for her work and has been featured in retrospective exhibitions around the world. Anders is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant" and a Peabody Award.

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