Opening Night Gala is a quirky collaborative gem from two respected
filmmakers— director and co-writer Alexandre
Rockwell (In the Soup), and co-writer Brandon Cole (OK Garage).
reputation as an ‘actor’s director’ is more apparent
than ever in his latest film, an extraordinary and moving tale that
follows one night, as the lives of a peculiar assortment of characters
by one delicate boy.
Mo Potter, a Bail Bondsman whose already flat life is getting even
flatter, is about to have an unforgettable night. To begin, he helps
Clown bail out his wife, Suzi, who in a jealous rage, tried to run
over Bananas with her car. Sanandra, an insecure singer whose ill-fated
session—and fight with her producer Lenny—has landed her
in jail. Then he meets Owen, Thad and Robert—missionaries who don’t
realize that their planned excursion to Africa will never happen. The
naïve trio enter a Los Angeles strip club and get mixed up with
a very exotic woman. Not surprisingly, this results in their run-in
with the police.
It’s not really a sign that Mo’s life has taken a turn for
the better. On top of all this, Timmy, Mo’s six year-old, has failing
kidneys, and has spent the greater part of his childhood in and out of
hospitals. When the hospital finally finds a donor, the race to save
Timmy’s life is quickly embraced by all who have been touched by
his quiet courage—on this night of 13 Moons.
WARNING: This film
contains coarse language and brief nudity.
-edited from the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival program guide