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neurotica. w/ Brigsby Bear

Director: Dave McCary Run Time: 117 min. Format: DCP Rating: PG 13 Release Year: 2017

Directed by Laura Moss, Written by Nick Kocher | 2019 | 20 min
A comedic sci-fi anthology series exploring personal anxieties. In episode 1, eureka!, a chronic procrastinator (Karen Gillan) meets an otherworldly being responsible for giving humanity its great ideas.

On why they selected Brigsby Bear: “Brigsby Bear and neurotica. both depict (in very different ways) the trials and tribulations of bringing an idea to life. They examine the difficulty of knowing you’re making something flawed, something that might not measure up, but choosing to do it anyway. Brigbsy Bear also manages to create the perfect blend of absurd humor and grounded drama, with heartwarming moments and ironic commentary. It’s unique, it takes risks, and at the end of the day…it’s just really really good.”

Superfan James is obsessed with the clever if quaintly goofy kids’ show Brigsby Bear to the point of religiosity. A bright, sensitive young adult still living at home, he has grown up with this fantasy series, and the program has grown with him as well — getting more complex over the years. But to say James’ intensely protective parents have kept their son a bit sheltered is an understatement.

One dramatic night, James’ insular world is upended. Through the disorienting but sporadically hilarious transition to a new life that follows, Brigsby remains James’ security blanket and, upon learning the series has been cancelled, he adopts the old adage that the show must go on. Family members and authority figures fret over James’ fixation, but by becoming Brigsby Bear’s new creator instead of just a viewer in the dark, he finally accesses all the meaningful connections his life has lacked. By telling his story, James repairs it — producing in the process an inventively offbeat and profoundly uplifting love letter to the redemptive power of creativity.