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Yen Tan, 2013
USA | 80 minutes
New York Premiere! Filmmaker in person for Q&A!
The modest lives of two rugged Texans intertwine in Yen Tan’s refreshingly grounded, quietly sexy Pit Stop. A 2009 Outfest Screenwriting Lab project that blossomed into a 2013 Sundance darling, Tan’s yarn moves through a blue-collar town, observing the relationship between a handsome contractor named Gabe (Bill Heck) and his ex-wife Shannon (Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color) and daughter. Across town, Ernesto (Marcus DeAnda) ignores his flagging relationship with a much younger man and sits vigil at the bedside of an ailing ex. When Ernesto and Gabe meet unexpectedly one day at a local gas station, a connection forms that has the potential to alter both of their lives for good. In his touching follow-up to CIAO, writer-director Yen Tan provides an evocative glimpse into the everyday lives of two Southern men seeking love and affection over aching solitude. As far from the beaten path as its protagonists, this dreamy feature is a different kind of love story with depth, clarity, and no shortage of sexual tension. Winner of Grand Jury Award for Best Actor(s) at 2013 Outfest Los Angeles.