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Run Time: 94 minutes
This romantic comedy for the Instagram-era zigzags among the various romantic dalliances of a group of friends living and hustling in New York City. The film focuses on gay couple Adam and Marklin. One is a frustrated painter working for a celebrity artist (a riotous cameo by Patricia Clarkson), while the other is a wildly successful fashion influencer. Their income disparity is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their tricky relationship woes. There’s also Cammy, who’s dating a man who is secretly homeless, Haley, who may very well be dating her own student, and Elizabeth, who’s getting a surprise divorce after 15 years of marriage. SELL BY is a debut feature armed with an incisive gem of a screenplay that shines a light on the intricacies of dating in the 21st century and signals the arrival of an exciting new voice to the genre. Often slyly funny, this under-the-radar dazzler is a smart and refreshing comic romp. — R.J.T.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 4:05 PM ET
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 9:20 AM ET
Near West Theatre
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6:15 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
American Independents Competition
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Scott Evans, Augustus Prew, Kate Walsh, Patricia Clarkson, Michelle Buteau, Zoe Chao, Colin Donnell
The Film Collaborative