Ever wonder where all those kooky inventions hawked on late-night infomercials come from? Somebody actually dreamed up the Snuggie, the Flowbee, and the George Foreman Grill (probably not George Foreman) and Joseph M. Petrick and Andrew Bowser's mockumentary Mother of Invention tells the story of just such a dreamer. It's a portrait of the artist as a frustrated man, that man being luckless inventor Vincent Dooly (Bowser), taunted at every turn by the wild successes of his smug rival Martin Wooderson (Jimmi Simpson). The screening is part of L.A. Talk Radio's Film Courage Interactive series, and a discussion on the state of the movie biz with Film Courage co-hosts David Branin and Karen Worden follows. See the trailer (and web celeb Chris Hardwick in his underwear) at themotherofinvention.com.
Mon., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., 2010