The critically-acclaimed 3rd film from director Kentucker Audley continues his streak of authentic, ambling no-budget films. This summer film made in Memphis won praise for its sincerity, laid-back humor, and naturalistic performances. Co-written and starring musician Jake Rabinbach (The Echo Friendly), Open Five is the story of two young New York women visiting Memphis for a complicated weekend of juke joints, ‘singing and dancing’ churches & backyard hangs.
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A blend of reality and fiction, "Open Five" follows the story of Jake, a struggling musician and his sidekick, Kentucker, a maker of "poor" films and what happens when two girls (Lucy and Rose) venture down to Memphis for a long weekend.
Praise for the film:
"One of Top 25 Films of 2010"
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"One of 10 Best Undistributed Films"
Karina Longworth, LA Weekly
Unexamined / Essentials
"Best Films Honorable Mention"
Hammer to Nail
“The best American film of the year!”
- Craig Keller, CINEMASPARAGUS
“The most interesting thing about OPEN FIVE is how the film consciously punctuates its ‘not a movie’ moments with scenes that are perfect little instances of movie magic. There are compositions here that soak in the deep Southern landscape with the same affection that Renoir had for the 19th-century slackers and shady grove in his LE DEJEUNER SUR L’HERBE.”
- Steve Dollar, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Audley’s movie has the feeling of sketches from life — a wealth of emotion and experience emerge both from its brisk lines and from its white spaces.”
- Richard Brody, THE NEW YORKER
“Open Five” may be notable mainly for shifting the landscape of aimless, youthful contemplation from the city to the countryside, but its record of the ambivalent desires and drifting ambitions of a group of friends is artful enough to be touching as well as vague.
- A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“More focused than many of its brethren, [OPEN FIVE] reps another worthy theatrical preem for Gotham’s reRun Gastropub Theater, fast becoming the NXNW launchpad for minimalist SXSW-type fare… Thesping is faultless…”
- Ronnie Scheib, VARIETY
“Exquisitely crafted! OPEN FIVE has the epic intimacy of weekend nights that seem to stretch beyond the actual brevity of time. Its strong core cast hits all the right notes at all the right times.”
- Cullen Gallagher, HAMMER TO NAIL
"A strong, powerful, mysterious work."
Ray Carney, Author of 'Cassevetes on Cassevetes'