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The road to SIFF-Renton | A teacher mind-melt

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"Yellow" screens at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., in downtown Renton. Tickets are available at online at

Here's the film's description from the Seattle International Film Festival.

Skittles are yellow, but that’s not what Mary Holmes (Heather Wahlquist) is popping when she begins to have a breakdown. The substitute teacher is plagued by hallucinations and daydreams: her classroom going wild in a torrent of indoor rain as she stands calmly in the center of a chaotic world. She figuratively falls through the palm tree-lined streets of Los Angeles until hitting a scandalous rock bottom. Career in tatters, Mary retreats to her native Oklahoma, where she’s newly confronted with the familial drama that running away couldn’t leave behind. Nick Cassavetes’ newest feature, co-written with Wahlquist, is a left-field jolt of hypercolor surrealism that’s several gradients removed from his tender touchstone The Notebook. With Cassavetes’ vibrant, expressionistic flair, Mary’s mind-melt is portrayed through both her actions and her visions. Wahlquist has earned festival nods for a performance of exquisite collapse, in a film Indiewire’s Eric Kohn writes “suggests Bad Teacher by way of Bob Fosse and Todd Solondz.” Director: Nick Cassavetes. Cast: Heather Wahlquist, Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Max Theoriot, Riley Keough, Daveigh Chase, Melanie Griffith. USA 2012 (105 minutes)

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