Alan Baxter

Dakota (1977) 16mm, black and white, 25.00 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

A young, boyish sketch artist falls madly in love with an attractive but older woman whom he sees jogging in Central Park one day. Because he lives in such a different world from the woman's, the boy can only fantasize about her in his apartment, drawing sketches and collecting articles of clothing reminiscent of her. Still, he pursues the woman through-out the city, only to have his dream about her painfully destroyed at the end. However, one realizes that there is a haunting loneliness in the woman's life also, a loneliness that can be compared to the boy's as well.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Alan Baxter

Ace in the Hole (1979) 16mm, color, 18.25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Based on one of the Olinger short stories of the same name by John Updike, ACE IN THE HOLE is a psychological study of Fred 'Ace' Anderson, an ex-champion high school basketball player, who is now no longer in the spotlight and who instead has to accept the ordinary responsibilities of manhood and married life. The film begins by showing Ace driving home from the second job he has just been fired from. As he speeds along his own high school grounds and as he visits his mother, flashbacks of Ace's golden school days dart through his mind. The movie then follows him home, where he has to confront his wife Evey with his failure for the day. This film is a period piece, since it takes place around 1962, and shows the music and dress of the 50's era. Since this is one of the earliest published works by Updike, one can surmise that Ace is the prototype of Updike's character Rabbit Angstrom, the ex-champion basketball player of Rabbit Run and Rabbit Redux

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

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