The Dynamiter – Director Matthew Gordon
It’s rural Mississippi. The film centers around a young boy, played by William Ruffin who is 14 and trying to survive along with his younger half brother and aging grandma in their serious hick shack. Ruffin is an oddly muscular young kid who played gripping role as a young man thrust into being a mom, a dad, and a responsible provider. Yet you forget that even though he’s living in the “rough and tumble” hick land of inner Mississippi, he’s just a poor kid with no real income and an older brother who plays the role of an ass, but actually qualifies it by saying he does no different than anyone else. Decisions are made by the young man and his yearning for a family. His mother is gone for mysterious reasons, and ultimately needs to make sacrifices to get somewhere. Well shot, this is a beautiful work of cinema.
Sawdust City is a story about a family that’s broken apart. One brother has the “right” life, a pregnant wife, a house, and facial hair. The other is a wanderer who is in town for Thanksgiving who’s there to find his father. The search is on, and they spend the day drinking in odd bars and meeting people who help them solve the mystery of the missing father. Through out the day, they establishing their bond. Meanwhile you find out about each of the brothers and there’s some turns that make the outcome of the film. Yes this could happen, and the culture of the bars give you a slice of life in small town America. People are who they are and this film personifies that.