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Labor Day Matinee: Afternoon Delight

Screening and Q&A with producer Jenn Chaiken
August 11, 2014 / 8pm / Crowley Theater

Afternoon Delight tells the story of Rachel, a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, thirty-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles’s bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right – chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child, and a hipster wardrobe. So why is she going out of her gourd with ennui? 


Deadened by the stultifying realities of preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life, and career that’s gone kaput, Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper whom she becomes obsessed with saving. She decides to adopt McKenna as her live-in nanny, and this bold move unleashes unimagined and colorful waves of change into her life and community.



The film will be followed by a Q&A with Marfa resident and the film’s producer Jen Chaiken.


Jen serves as a consultant for the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles on their Women’s Initiative. In 2012, Chaiken was selected for Variety’s prestigious “10 Producers to Watch” 2012 list. In addition to Afternoon Delight, she recently produced the feature documentary Inequality for All with Robert Reich. Both films premiered in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Afternoon Delight won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award and Inequality for All received a Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking. 

Prior, Jen won an Emmy for Best Documentary for her work on My Flesh and Blood, following Sundance wins for both the Audience and Best Director and a broadcast on HBO.  Other credits include Big Eden; the HBO documentary Naked States; the HBO documentary short Positively Naked; Restaurant; I Love You, Don’t Touch Me!, a Sundance premiere distributed by MGM; and the documentary feature Family Name, winner of the Freedom of Expression Award at Sundance and nominated for an Emmy after its broadcast on PBS. 


Jen and her partner Sam Hamilton first started coming to Marfa in 2001. Unable to stay away, they bought a home in Marfa in 2005, and come down here from San Francisco with their 9 year-old twin daughters, Addie and Olivia, as much as possible.  Sam Hamilton serves on the board of the Chinati Foundation.


Afternoon Delight is a rated R film.


"Marfa Live Arts screens Afternoon Delight with producer Jen Chaiken on Monday"  Big Bend Sentinel 


Photos by Jessica Allen




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