Glitter and Doom
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Sponsored by Bell Pharmacy
Tom Gustafson, 2023, USA, 113 min.
Director Tom Gustafson will be in attendance!
“You look like someone with a lot of songs inside,” says Glitter to Doom. And the songs are those of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers – the Indigo Girls. New arrangements and mashups of their classics are a delight in Tom Gustafson’s (Were the World Mine) homage to the soundtrack of love and the burning desire for “the dream.” This charming musical is the tale of two aspiring artists in separate orbits, spinning in one universe. Glitter (Filipino musical superstar Alex Diaz) wants to literally run away and join the circus. Doom (Alan Cammish) just wants a chance to perform with his guitar in a local nightclub. Their moms, Missi Pyle (Dodgeball) and Ming-Na Wen (Mulan, The Mandalorian) have their own aspirations for their beloved sons’ careers, but they ultimately come around, as mothers tend to do. Through it all, the classic music of Amy and Emily is turned on its head in a delightful deluge of song, dance, and the angst of youthful ambition. Fans of the Indigo Girls will relish hearing new versions of their faves. And those who aren’t fans will revel in passionate music perfectly executed in an entirely unique setting. These guys are gorgeous, sweet, and madly in love with the siren’s call of performing. The singing is legit. The dancing and ensemble performances are spot on. Topping off the film are appearances by Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black) as the hardened pub owner and Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) as a clown coach. (Yup, a clown coach.) (Sunny Hall)