Director: Mark Romanek
Screenwriters: Keith Gordon, Mark Romanek

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


Ernie Blick (Keith Gordon) and Julia Purcell (Amanda Plummer) were childhood friends from Page, Arizona. Julia has been working as a member of a successful rock band while Ernie has been in town working at a religious artifacts factory. Ernie has also been working on a invention in his small apartment at the Prairie Guest House. Most of the townspeople know that Ernie is working on an invention that he claims will change mankind. Some say the inspiration for the invention was the death of Ernie’s parents in a car accident several years back.

Judging from the number of crucifixes adorning the walls in Ernie’s motel room something has to give. And give it does, a big way. We soon discover, much to our amusement, that craziness seems to run the family, if not beyond in this off-the-wall, inventive comedy.

Screening Details

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