Despite The Gods


The Screening Room 127 E. Congress


2014/ Australia/ 85 min/ Documentary
Directed by: Penny Vozniak

Jennifer Lynch, daughter of cult film auteur David Lynch, made her auspicious directorial debut in 1993 with cult classic Boxing Helena at the Sundance Film Festival. She was the youngest American woman to direct a feature film, and after that she took an extended hiatus. Fifteen years later, a recovering addict and hard-working single mother, Lynch returns to the director’s chair with an ambitious project that will test her skills and the entire crew’s sanity. Despite the Gods brings us behind the scenes on the set of Lynch’s Bollywood/Hollywood action film about a man-eating snake goddess. In the spirit of LOST IN LA MANCHA and OVERNIGHT, Penny Vozniak, friend of one of the producers hired on to do behind-the-scenes on HISSS, ended up chronicling Lynch slowly losing her grip over a much-extended eight-month shoot.

“A low budget docu-delight… Lynch is the beating, empathic heart of the film, an endearing combination of raw emotional honesty and self-deprecating humor” — Samantha Chater, INDIEWIRE

“As a piece of entertainment and as a warning for young filmmakers, Despite the Gods works on both fronts. A truly fascinating film.” — Kirk Haviland, ENTERTAINMENT MAVEN

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