Illinois Indie QWERTY At Siskel Tonight, Wednesday
July 30, 2012 by Screenmag
The Illinois-made indie ‘QWERTY’ has its Chicago premiere this week at the Gene Siskel Film Center with the filmmakers on-hand.
Producer Nat Dykeman will be present with select cast and crew for audience discussion on Monday and Wednesday. Director Bill Sebastian, producer Jeremy Truelove, writer Juliet McDaniel and actress Dana Pupkin were in town Saturday.
Words become the catalyst for quirky romance in QWERTY, shot on location in Chicago, when two reclusive nerds recognize the rebel in each other. Words, specifically, “You’re better than your underwear,” shouted in a busy department store, get security guard Marty (Hailey) fired, but Scrabble enthusiast Zoe (Pupkin) knows a prince when she sees one. While the non-verbal phase of their relationship takes off between the sheets, the two loners make a shaky stand against the world, with Marty teetering on the brink of suicide and shy wordsmith Zoe on the edge of leaping into the National Scrabble Championship. HDCAM video. (BS)
The film screens tonight and Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the theater, 164 North State Street, Chicago.