JAMES WHITE, the first full-length feature from independent producer and now writer/director, Josh Mond (shown below). In a movie not given to any exposition, we learn only gradually about its eponymous hero, as well as the folk who surround him: his mom, best friend, friend-of-the-family and possible new boss, and (after a bit) a new girlfriend. Instead, we simply watch for clues from the behavior on view -- much of which is pretty awful: angry, self-destructive, sad.
Ron Livingston essays the role of the family friend and possible employer with great strength and sensitivity, while Scott Mescudi (below, right) in the role of James' best friend, gay-but-not-that-it-matters, does a fine balancing act between enabler and genuine helper,
Makenzie Leigh (below) offers just the right touches as the convenient girlfriend who's probably not in it for the long haul. She's lovely and definitely usable but not perhaps a keeper. Though neither seems to be our James.
The Film Arcade and running just 86 minutes -- opens in New York City at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema this Friday, November 13, in Los Angeles at the Arclight Hollywood on November 20, and in another dozen cities across the country in the weeks to come. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates, cities and theaters.