Film Review: Fort Tilden

‘Fort Tilden’ is written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers. It is a SXSW 2014 Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Narrative Feature Independent Film Festival of Boston 2014 Winner, and Special Jury Prize, Narrative Feature Winner.

From the budding condos of Williamsburg, to the maritime forests of Fort Tilden, the only thing that could stop these millennials is a data-dead zone! ‪#‎FortTildenMovie

Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (Clare McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Bridey Elliott) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invite them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. As the two young women board their fixed-gear bicycles and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there.

The debut feature film of directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers – and showcasing the comedic versatility of Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott as Allie and Harper – FORT TILDEN is a hilariously insightful and recognizable look at the consequences of extended adolescence.

The story is based on the filmmakers’ personal experiences with the character – and characters – of Brooklyn, New York. This mini-road trip, reveals not only the girl’s flaws, but a wide array of familiar Brooklynite personalities and allows for the diverse disposition of the city itself to be on display, from posh to peculiar to precarious.

Review: Think Tom Tom Club ‘Genius of Love’ retro stylings meets mild mannered Thelma and Louise’s right outta Brooklyn with dashes of Urban Outfitter On Sale Rack finds. ‘Fort Tilden’ will keep you giggling, guffawing and rolling your eyes at the shenanigans witnessed at the hands of Harper and Allie. An innocent hooky day to the beach ends up taking a turn for the worse with glaring spotlights into both Harper and Allie’s individual neurosis’. Buckle yourself in for a bumpy ride.

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