Sneak Preview: 96 MINUTES (Aimée Lagos, 2011)
Event Date: April 24, 2012 - 7:30pm
Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA
96 MINUTES is the harrowing story of a carjacking and four kids caught in the terrifying maelstrom of one night. Intercutting between the car and the beginning of that day, we follow the separate stories of each kid – where they come from, who they are, and how they all ended up in one car on this fateful night.
Their worlds are starkly divided along class lines, but on this one night, their lives slam headlong into each other. Not all of them are innocent. Not all of them survive. These 96 minutes will change everything.
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Join writer/director Aimée Lagos, producer Lee Clay, and actor J.Michael Trautmann for a Q&A after the show, moderated by Jami Philbrick (Managing Editor, I Am Rogue)!
Official Selection, Bronze Lens Film Festival
Official Selection, Woodstock Film Festival
Official Selection, New Orleans Film Festival
Audience Award (Best Feature), New Hampshire Film Festival
Beakthrough Performance Award (Evan Ross), SXSW Film Festival
Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress Award (Brittany Snow), Boston Film Festival
Emerging filmmaker award (Aimee Lagos), St. Louis International Film Festival
Official Selection, Pan-African Film Festival at Rave Baldwin Hills Crenshaw, L.A.
“96 MINUTES maintains a brisk pace and generates a satisfying degree of suspense with its credibly contrived tale of disparate lives forever changed by a violent carjacking. Pic also boasts strong performances by well-cast up-and-comers… Working from her own script, first-time feature helmer Aimee Lagos displays a talent for brisk character definition and a sharp eye for class and racial divides. Better still, she has a deft way of keeping things coherent while juggling subplots and timeframes."—Joe Leydon, Variety
"A tour de force film that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.” –Scott Menzel, MoviemanMenzel.com"
“A story full of heart and dramatic tension worth experiencing.” —TheMoviePool.com
“...this kind of great storytelling is one of the ways we can, slowly, begin to understand and heal." –Rebecca Davis, Unbearable Goodness
“[96 MINUTES] challenges audience members to confront their own ideas about storytelling on screen… [It] will surely be seen as one of the most provocative independent films of the last few years.” –Larry Richman, Pronetworks.org
Writer & Director: Aimée Lagos
Starring: Brittany Snow, Christian Serratos, Evan Ross, Hosea Chanchez, Elena Varela, David Oyelowo, Sharon Morris, Sylvia Jefferies, Justin Martin, Adam Trahan
HDCAM, 95 min.