My America: Hal Hartley’s Tale of 21 Monologues

Directed by Hal Hartley, My America is comprised of twenty-one monologues written by some of the nation’s most exciting playwrights, (including Neil LaBute, Danny Hoch, Dan Dietz, Marcus Gardley) which form a sort of fractured portrait of the American collective psyche.

Ranging from the sad to the hilarious, from the angry to the tentatively celebratory, many of the major and recurrent issues associated with our fraught but beloved union are reconsidered with elegance, wit, brutal honesty, and a little outright insanity.  The keenly observed and crafted monologues are performed by notable actors from Jefferson Mays to Kathleen Chalfant, as well as Hartley regular Thomas Jay Ryan.

Hartley is a prolific American filmmaker whose work has won numerous awards at Cannes and Sundance. His work includes such feature films as SIMPLE MEN starring Bill Sage and Robert John Burke, NO SUCH THING with Sarah Polley and Helen Mirren, and FAY GRIM with Parker Posey and Jeff Goldblum. Hartley’s works off-screen have included various acclaimed theater productions and MY AMERICA marks the first of Hartley’s films to capture stage-work on film.

The release of MY AMERICA on Fandor marks the eleventh collaboration between Hartley and Fandor’s CEO Ted Hope.

Their first film together was THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH (1989), an unconventional love story about a teenager falling in love with a mechanic with a criminal past, which was Hartley’s first film. They have been frequent collaborators and colleagues since.

 

Director: Hal Hartley

Runtime: 78 Minutes

Distributor: Fandor