Boston-area filmmaker Alex Karpovsky’s debut feature “The Hole Story,” which I really, really like, will play at the Harvard Film Archive at 7pm this Friday, March 31. To find out more about the movie, or to watch the trailer, visit the official website. My review of “The Hole Story” is here. Critic Chuck Tryon’s review is here. The address is the Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street, in Cambridge, Mass. Admission is $8 ($6 for students and senior citizens). Karpovsky will be in attendance.
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I first saw Alex Karpovsky’s The Hole Story at the 2005 Independent Film Festival of Boston, where my first feature, Home, made its New England premiere. I fell in love with it and have not been able to get it out of my head. It’s been on the festival circuit since then, and I hope it gets a theatrical distributor so that audiences have a chance to discover Karpovsky, a distinctive comic voice and significant American filmmaker.
The Hole Story is a merger of faux-documentary, psychological drama, media satire and cringe comedy that reminds me of early Albert Brooks(particularly his criminally underappreciated Real Life), and not just because Karpovsky is a near-one-man-band who wrote and directed the movie as well as starring in it as “Alex Karpovsky.” The picture’s easygoing, icy-deadpan tone belies its structural complexity: it’s presented as sort of a salvage job, an “actual” documentary about a disastrous documentary film-that-never-was, cobbled together from pieces of an aborted pilot for a proposed cable series on weird but true phenomena, hosted by Karpovsky. Karpovsky brings a crew to Brainerd, Minn. to interview locals about an immense, unexplained hole that appears each winter in the middle of an iced-over lake. Unfortunately for Karpovsky, it just so happens that the winter he picks to visit Brainerd is the winter the hole finally decides to seal up.