James Westby returns to Tribecca Film Festival with a Portland “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” good-girl-grows-up black comedy starring Katie O’Grady, John Keyser and Storm Large. Westby first came to Tribecca in 2008, when he brought The Auteur.
Rid Of Me is Westby’s third feature. His first was Film Geek (2005).
From the festival website:
“Rid of Me,” directed and written by James Westby. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. When she moves to Portland, Oregon, Meris does her best to fit in with her husband’s clique of old high school buddies—until she gets dumped. Her life trashed, she takes a job as a candy store clerk, opening unexpected worlds into the Northwest underground punk scene and Cambodian rock. A low budget is no barrier to creativity and cinematic innovation in this black comedy of embarrassments about sticking up for yourself no matter how messy.
I hereby claim Rid Of Me as an Oregon film, on the basis of just about every qualifying criteria you can think of.