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Join Rooftop Films this Sunday at the Ace Hotel for the New York Premiere of DIY director Joe Swanberg’s latest film UNCLE KENT, starring Kent Osborne as a cartoonist spending a sexually charged weekend with a woman he met on Chat Roulette. The film is an achingly true-to-life modern comedy about aging, loneliness, desire, and the awkward intimacies of online friendship.

40 year-old Kent (Kent Osborne) is an unmarried children’s-show writer living alone with his cat in Los Angeles. He spends his days sketching gag cartoons and bouncing ideas off his hyperactive friend, Kev (Kevin Bewersdorf), and his nights staving off loneliness in Internet chat rooms. When one of Kent’s online acquaintances, environmental journalist Kate (Jennifer Prediger), crashes at his house for the weekend, he finds himself attracted to her coquettish manner and frank emotional openness but sexually frustrated by her fidelity to a distant boyfriend.

Shot on location in Los Angeles, UNCLE KENT advances many themes and elements found in Swanberg’s early films (Hannah Takes The Stairs, Nights and Weekends, Alexander the Last), including freely improvised dialogue, art-mirrors-life setups, and a renewed emphasis on how technology and social media enable (or disable) human connection. The cast includes previous collaborators Kent Osborne and composer/actor Kevin Bewersdorf, director Josephine Decker, and newcomer Jennifer Prediger. The film made its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as Swanson’s Park City debut.

Actresses Jennifer Prediger and Josephine Decker will be in attendance to answer questions following the screening.

Sunday, March 27, 2011
7:00 PM Doors Open. Seats are first come, first served, so get there early.
7:45 PM Film begins.
9:00 PM Q and A with actresses Jennifer Prediger and Josephine Decker.

Inside at Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York
20 West 29th Street (btwn 5th and Broadway), New York, NY 10001
Subway: Take the N, R to 28th Street or the B, D, F, M, Q to Herald Square

Admission: No charge.

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