Bringing a mix of rowdy comedy and poignant drama, “Drunk Bus” opens July 23 for a two-week run at Nebraska’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Continuing to show is Sundance-winner “I Carry You with Me.”
Directed by Brandon LaGanke and John Carlucci, “Drunk Bus” is coming-of-age journey for Michael (played by Charlie Tahan), a directionless, mid-20s bus driver. Michael is forced to find a new outlook on life after his girlfriend dumps him for a job in New York City.
Michael finds inspiration in Pineapple — a 300-pound, punk rock Samoan with a tattooed face who was recently hired by the bus company to work as a nightshift security guard. An unexpected friendship helps push Michael out of his comfort zone and toward self-discovery.
“Drunk Bus,” which shows through Aug. 5 is not rated. Due to a change in distribution plans, “Drunk Bus” replaces “Beans” on the Ross schedule. “Beans” will show at the Ross on a later date.
Based on a true story, “I Carry You with Me” follows the decades-long romance between an aspiring chef (played by Armando Espitia) and a teacher (Christian Vázquez). Their lives restart in incredible ways as societal pressure propels them to embark on a treacherous journey to New York City with dreams, hopes and memories in tow.
A feature debut by director Heidi Ewing, “I Carry You with Me” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 26, 2020, winning both the NEXT Innovator and Audience awards. The film, which is rated R for language and brief nudity, shows through July 29.
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