Heavy, another bedroom comedy, by writer/director Kim Noonan, plops us into bed with a Woody-Allen style looser and a strong young woman being treated for breast cancer. Sometimes, serious can be funny and heavy.
Also high on the funny-scale are Ford 76 and Quitters. The former is by Joe Mitchell and puts us in the front seat of a 1976 Ford about to be used as the getaway car by two inept bank robbers. The latter is a black-comedy by Michael Young and shows just how dangerous smoking can be to your health.
The most experimental film presented is The Lady M. Monologues by Ben Gilbert, staring Premstar Santana. Lady M is Shakespeare's
crazy Lady Macbeth, perhaps one of the most over-psychoanalyzed of the Bard’s characters. Although this film may not provide any new insights into her madness, it does provide a vehicle for Santana to show off her acting chops as we listen to the classic ravings not in a Scots castle, but in a suburban environment.
I recommend getting on El Cid’s mailing list, even the building itself is an experience. Built on the side of a hill, it takes you into a unique environment, that is anything but cookie-cutter chain restaurant.
Besides the aforementioned flamenco and film shorts nights, their calendar includes a web series night, special movie screenings, rock bands and other edgy events.