American Splendor (2003)
February 20, 2004 at 7:00 and 10:00pm in 26-100, and
February 22, 2004 at 7:00pm in 26-100.
Harvey Pekar, a VA hospital file clerk by day and a collector and aspiring comic
book author by night, enjoys jazz music, literature, and candy. He's also about
to make a very interesting discovery - his life, and the quirky characters which
inhabit it, make a fertile breeding ground for comic-book-worthy ideas. The
unlikely source of encouragement for his newfound artistic inspiration is fellow
pack-rat Robert Crumb, who has already found international success as an
underground graphic novelist. Soon, Harvey's groundbreaking warts-and-all
portrayal of his ordinary life becomes a cult phenomenon. Meanwhile, he
finds himself falling in love with Joyce Barber, a sardonic partner in a
Delaware comic book store.
Based on a true story, this hilarious and perceptive film is as ingenious as it
"Movies like this seem to come out of nowhere, like free-standing
-- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Read this review.
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
LSC is also proud to present the following short feature:
The Robot Fixer from the series Robot Stories:
Bernice Chin (Wai Ching Ho) has never really known her estranged son
Wilson. Now a car accident has put Wilson into a coma. And the only
clue he's left behind is a box of twenty-year-old toy robots. As her
daughter Grace (Cindy Cheung) presses her to deal with Wilson's
deteriorating condition, Bernice becomes obsessed with Wilson's toys,
as if repairing the robots will help her connect with her unreachable
The Robot Fixer will begin promptly at the scheduled starting time for American Splendor, so arrive early!