Val Waxman is a film director who was once big in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film. But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind.
Betty is a fiercely committed matriarch driven to desperate measures by a failing business, her husband’s deteriorating health and a family home on the brink of foreclosure. Played by Joanne Kelly, she’s the beating heart of Levin’s sensitive, skillfully written narrative, which flips the standard gender dynamic and brings unexpected insight and realism to an established genre. Levin’s stirring family drama touches on matters of social conscience and environmental justice to ask: How far will we go to save our families? [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]