92Y Tribeca Screening Room will host a special screening of Leslie McCleave’s award winning 2005 feature film ROAD, on Wednesday, December 9 @ 7:30pm.
After the screening, join filmmaker Leslie McCleave, Phillip Musegaas, Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Program director and Dr. Holger Eisl from the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems (CBNS) at Queens College to discuss resources for finding out about environmental contamination in our own neighborhoods.
Ex-lovers set on an ill-fated road trip when Margaret (Catherine Kellner) gets her first big gig surveying environmental clean-up sites and Jay (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) comes along for the ride. As the couple travel into a landscape filled with one abandoned environmental disaster after another, painful memories of their troubled relationship begin to emerge and the couple plunge into an emotional and physical limbo. Suddenly, backroads lead to nowhere, equipment fails and Margaret and Jay inexplicably encounter the same foreboding characters over and over again, including a country music-loving-toxic-waste-hauling trucker (Peter Appel), and a doomed park ranger (James Urbaniak).
Like Dante’s The Inferno, an inspiration for the film, the couple circle through what looks and feels like a hell on earth as they try to navigate the roads between toxic waste sites and damaged love. Forced to confront the wasteland of their failed relationship, as well as their relationship to the environment and the world at large, the couple finally experience a long-deferred coming of age. With its stylized narrative, compelling performances and supernatural backdrop, Road brings us to the heart of a timely social issue.