Program 2018

Spork

J.B. Ghuman Jr., USA 2010, 86’

Out of the chaos of her messy trailer park bedroom emerges Spork, a frizzy-haired, pink-cheeked junior-high outcast, teased by peers and adults alike. Her only friends are Tootsie Roll and a long-dead dog. When Chunk, an intersexual peer, gives Spork advice: When something bad’s happening, think about some nice shit, it proves to be a watershed in her self-confidence, leading to a friendship with Charlie, a diehard Justin Timberlake fan.

Spork serves up everything we love from the 1980s – frizzy hair, loud colors, fashion, and tacky music, but manages to avoid being a trite cinematic bauble. Instead, it is a coming-of-age story, a tale of acceptance and friendship tinged with ironic criticism of American society that mocks pervasive racism, idiocy, homophobia, and religious fixation. The characters’ sexual ambivalence is also interesting, with blurry gender lines and no clear answers. Though Spork might be accused of excessive psychological naiveté, it maintains its charm right through the final credits. With references to Wizard of Oz, the film offers a captivating variation on the story of outsiders trying to gain self-confidence and find their place in the world.

Samuel Nowak

J.B. Ghuman Jr.

Full name: Jasbir Singh Ghuman Junior. Born in 1980, American independent director, screenwriter, actor and producer. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Guhman was a performer and actor. He won acclaim with the queer film Starcrossed (1995) produced by Power Up, a renowned organization that supports LGBT and feminist film projects. Guhman has appeared in the CSI: Las Vegas TV series. Spork, initially intended to be a short, is his feature-length debut.

Filmography

2007 Dirty Laundry (kr. m. / short)

2009 Lube (współreż., kr. m. / co-dir., short)

2010 Spork

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Cast & Crew

director J.B. Ghuman Jr.
screenplay J.B. Guhman Jr.
cinematography Bradley Stonesifer
editing Phillip Bartel
music Casey James, The Staypuft Kid
cast Savannah Stehlin, Sydney Park, Rachel G. Fox, Michael William Arnold, Oana Gregory, Chad Allen
producer Honey Labrador, Geric Frost, Christopher Racster, Chad Allen
production Last Bastion Entertainment, 11:11 Entertainment Inc.
sales Film Sales Company
language English
colouration colour
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