Film:Acoustic: Slacker | NC Museum of Art | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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Film:Acoustic: Slacker 

When: Mon., Sept. 14, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $15-$20

FILM + MUSIC

BEN GIBBARD: SLACKER

NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART, RALEIGH

MONDAY, SEPT. 14

To call Richard Linklater's 1991 breakthrough film "plotless" is accurate but misleading. The phrase conjures a slow-moving European still life, whereas Slacker has a manic American vitality that sweeps up story after story in its careering path. Set among the burnout demimonde of Linklater's hometown, Austin, Texas, the film strings together jangling soliloquies on a thread of glancing encounters. In that regard, it's a live-action warm-up for 2001's rotoscoped Waking Life, stuffed with caffeinated conspiracy theories instead of stoner philosophy. Slacker helped define a certain talky, disgruntled strain of low-budget filmmaking (think Clerks). It's hard to imagine what such a down-and-dirty movie has to do with Death Cab for Cutie's meek-and-mild indie rock. The odd combo makes for an intriguing installment of Film: Acoustic, a series that brings well-known musicians to screen and discuss cinema that inspired them. You can kind of see Linklater flashes in Death Cab, if you squint: "The glove compartment isn't accurately named" is a quotidian insight a Slacker character might spin into a torrent of talk. Gibbard reveals all in the post-screening discussion, where he'll also play a few of his songs. Bring a chair or blanket for this outdoor screening, as the series hops from The Carolina Theatre to NCMA. 8 p.m., $15$20,

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