Branwell Brontë's Role-Playing Game with The Drunkard's Lament
Experimental filmmaker Jim Finn — a native St. Louisan who receives the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award — returns to SLIFF (which screened his “Interkosmos” and “The Juche Idea” in 2008) with “The Drunkard’s Lament,” a strange, epistolary musical adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” as written by the consumptive brother Branwell Brontë. This weird and revisionist adaptation features a soundtrack created by Colleen Burke, who brought together such musicians as Jim White (The Dirty Three), Sally Timms (The Mekons), and Michael James and Munaf Rayani (Explosions in the Sky) as contributors. Following the screening, Finn will lead the audience in a 45-minute tabletop role-playing game. In the same way that the film is Branwell’s early-cinema dream of “Wuthering Heights,” this is Branwell’s altered-reality role-playing game of his sister’s novel.