Spotlight Event

Gas Food Lodging (25th Anniversary Screening)


With writer/director Allison Anders and cinematographer Dean Lent in person!

Private reception after the film with Allison Anders and Dean Lent exclusively for All-Access Passholders.

Don’t miss this special 25th anniversary screening of the acclaimed 1992 drama, Gas Food Lodging, in a brand-new 2K digital restoration.

Celebrated filmmaker Allison Anders is the recipient of the Loft Film Fest’s 2017 Lee Marvin Maverick Award, named after the Oscar-winning actor and former Tucsonan, presented to those film artists who work embodies a bold spirit of daring, originality and independence. This screening will include a career highlight reel and the presentation of the Lee Marvin Maverick Award before the film, and an onstage Q&A with the director following the film.

Allison Anders’ startling and deeply-felt second feature – her follow-up to 1987’s Border Radio – is a semi-autobiographical tale following hard-working waitress Nora (Brooke Adams, Days of Heaven) and her daughters Trudi (Ione Skye, Say Anything) and Shade (Fairuza Balk, The Craft) as they negotiate life in a drive-past, anonymous, small town in New Mexico.

Gas Food Lodging does the American independent cinema proud: Anders’ gem of a movie has grit, vitality, humor, and honesty.” –

Not exactly a welcoming place for women in general, life is complicated when Nora’s husband (James Brolin, Hotel) abruptly abandons the family. Trudi and Shade long to leave for big-city life, but instead, while searching for some semblance of personal identity beyond the trailer park, see a string of fleeting relationships and dead-end jobs unfold before them. A heartbreakingly earnest portrayal of the vicissitudes of life in middle America, set against the stunning backdrop of the sun-baked Southwest, Gas Food Lodging is a poignant and poetic drama driven by writer/director Anders’ keen observations and unique talent for telling stories about strong women in challenging situations. Gas Food Lodging premiered at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival and went on to earn five Independent Spirit Award nominations, with Fairuza Balk winning Best Female Lead. That same year, Anders won the Best New Director Award from the New York Film Critics Circle. (Dir. by Allison Anders, 1992, USA, 101 mins., Not Rated)

Allison Anders is an award-winning film and television writer/director, and one of the most important and iconic filmmakers to emerge from the indie film scene of the 1990s. Her debut feature, the 1987 punk rock film noir Border Radio (co-directed by Kurt Voss), paved the way for her critically-acclaimed drama, Gas Food Lodging in 1992. Anders followed that film’s breakout success with Mi Vida Loca (1993), a story of Latina girl gangs in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood, and Grace of My Heart (1996), a rock drama produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Illeana Douglas as a songwriter-turned-singer loosely modeled on Carole King. Anders then reteamed with Kurt Voss for Sugar Town (1999), a warts-and-all look at the L.A. music scene starring Rosanna Arquette. Anders and Voss would reunite for another music-based drama, Strutter, in 2012. Anders moved into television, where she has directed episodes of Sex and the City, The L Word, Men in Trees, Southland, Orange is the New Black, and, most recently, Riverdale. Her television features include the Peabody Award-winning Things Behind the Sun (2001), about a rock journalist and singer confronting memories of rape, and Ring of Fire (2013), a biography of Johnny Carter and June Carter Cash. She teaches once a year as a distinguished professor at the University of California Santa Barbara and, with her daughter Tiffany, co-founded the Don’t Knock the Rock Film and Music Festival in Los Angeles.

Special thanks to our film sponsor, Patricia Whitehill.

Thanks to our community partner, WOSAC – Women’s Studies Advisory Council.