Film and Television / Lectures and Workshops

What Is a Western? Film Series: Gas Food Lodging (1992) 

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, September 11, 2021, 1:30 p.m. 

The Autry in Griffith Park

Free for Members | Included With Museum Admission
Reservations Recommended | Space Is Limited

About the Event

Rich in its desert photography and psychic interiors, Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging is the coming-of-age story of Shade (Fairuza Balk), a teenager who prefers the vistas onscreen at her local revival house to her dusty, small-town New Mexico reality. This contemporary, slice-of-life meditation on the Western genre is scaffolded by a nuanced female perspective and guided by J Mascis’ (Dinosaur Jr.) reverb-soaked guitar score. A delicate survey of an emotional frontier that embraces us with its quiet magic.  

Screening introduced by film programmer and professor K. J. Relth-Miller and followed by Q&A with director Allison Anders.

Directed by Allison Anders | Starring Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, and Fairuza Balk  

Screened in 35mm | Rated R  

35mm collection print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

The What Is a Western? Film Series explores the wide range of movies that can be considered Westerns, and the ways in which they shape our understanding of the American West. Each screening includes a guest lecturer who will introduce the film and explain its significance in the genre.