Opening Night Film
Because of Charley
Directed by: Jon Binkowski
USA, 2021, 113m
This film is NOT available virtually and can only be seen at Enzian Theater.
What can possibly go wrong when 2004’s Hurricane Charley decides to crash two estranged families’ attempt to stage a tenth anniversary surprise party on a Friday the 13th in the immaculately planned community of Celebration? As the recently blended, multi-cultural, multiracial families gather to celebrate their new relationships, personal histories and fresh revelations prove as threatening as the first of the four major hurricanes to batter the Sunshine State in that brief period of hope midway between 9/11 and the 2008 global financial crisis. With each family led by an unpredictable grandparent—the lubricious Grammy (Central Florida’s own Peg O’Keef) and the mercurial Grandpa Otis (the legendary John Amos, Roots, Coming to America)—everyone needs to learn how to overcome rivalries, biases, and repressed memories, and rely on each other to face the capricious Charley in this dysfunctional family comedy.
The first Screen Actor Guild’s COVID-compliant feature film completed in Florida during the pandemic, Because of Charley required everything from rapid testing of all cast and crew three times a week, personal protective equipment, and extensive overnight cleaning to enforced temperature checks, individually packaged meals, and mandatory face masks. Working under SAG’s strictly enforced 8-hour workday rules during the height of Florida’s hurricane season, the cast and crew completed the filming in a remarkable 21 days.