A Matter of Degrees

Director: W.T. Morgan
Screenwriters: Randall Poster

Institute History


It's the end of the eighties. Maxwell Glass (Ayre Gross), a hyperkinetic college senior born during the age of Nixon and raised on Reaganism, yearns for the lost idealism and human values of the sixties, a time he knows only through reputation and television. He asks: Why not now?

Yet after running roughshod through a series of college guises-would-be student activist, fearless lover in the age of AIDS-even Max comes to realize he's burning the candle at both ends. Occupied by his extracurricular exploits and troubled by the triple-threat takeover of his college radio station by a multinational corporation, Max sets out to discover a better reality.

A Matter of Degrees is populated by a colorful array of college oddballs: Zeno (Tom Sizemore), Max's roommate, who works in a gas station and forges sculpture out of junk; Wells (Wendell Pierce), an outspoken radio deejay; Kate (Judith Hoag), wiser and more worldly than Max will ever be; and local hero Peter Downs (John Doe), the founder of the college radio station. Together they emerge into a new era of student activism after a long Yuppie slumber.

A Matter of Degrees was a project at the Sundance Institute's 1988 Filmmakers Laboratory, and features such bright lights of alternative music as Fetchin' Bones, Miracle Legion, Throwing Muses, The Lemonheads, Yo La Tengo and The Cavedogs.

Sunday, January 21 10:00 p.m.
Egyptian Theatre

Monday, January 22 7:00 p.m.
Sundance Screening Room

Sunday, January 23 7:00p.m.
Prospector Square Theatre

Thursday, January 25 10:00 a.m.
Prospector Square Theatre

Saturday, January 27 4:00 p.m.
Prospector Square Theatre


— Tony Safford

Screening Details

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