Shelf Life

This event took place on May 11, 2019

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$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Paul Bartel
1h 21m
Series - Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist

** Nancy Guppy will moderate a Q&A with special guests/co-stars/co-writers O-Lan Jones, Andrea Stein, and Jim Turner! **


** Presented from a digital transfer of Paul Bartel’s personal 35mm print, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! **

Tina, Pam, and Scotty are taken down into Mom and Dad’s well-stocked bomb shelter when Kennedy is assassinated in 1963… and they never come out. Thirty years later, Mom and Dad are a long-dead “bag of bones” and the now-grown kids have created a life for themselves based on remnants from the ’60s, intermittent output from the TV, and their wild imaginations.

A dark comedy based upon a theatrical production of the same name, Shelf Life was conceived and written by O-Lan Jones, Andrea Stein and Jim Turner as a result of their rumination on what must become of people boxed in tiny spaces for long, long periods of time.

Despite a strong festival run and many positive reviews, Shelf Life ultimately remained unreleased and sadly never found the audience it deserved. After decades underground, the original 35mm negative has been uncovered just in time to release the film for its 25th Anniversary.

Paul Bartel’s best directing to date.” – Variety

Awesome acting on the razor’s edge of social satire… an absolute goldmine for popular culture connoisseurs.” – Sheila Benson, National Society of Film Critics

Hilariously funny and truly terrifying view of family life in the closest quarters – this is the stuff of everyone’s childhood if we’d just admit it. Creepy, funny, sordid; weirdly erotic!” – Contemporary Cinema

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