Miami Beach Cinematheque. From Nov 28th through 29th, 2008. The film Ballast, directed by Lance Hammer, premiers at the Miami Beach Cinematheque on November 28th and 29th, 2008 at 7:45 and 9:35 p.m. With Michael J. Smith Sr, JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail
Ballast is one of those rare films that maximize the medium through an aesthetic of understatement. Every frame is deliberately and beautifully composed, every cut artfully and economically executed – not only to transmit a quietly gripping story but also to reveal characters’ layered emotional experiences and the specific textures and sensations of their locales.
In the cold, winter light of a rural Mississippi Delta township, a man’s suicide radically transforms three characters’ lives and throws off-balance what has long been a static arrangement among them. With circumstances thrusting them into proximity, a subtle interdependence and common purpose emerge for Marlee and Lawrence as they navigate grief, test new waters, and tentatively move forward.
Miami Beach Cinematheque
512 Española Way
Miami Beach, FL 33139