TWO FILMS BY SUSANNA STYRON
SUSPENDED SENTENCE & HOUSE OF TEETH
WEDNESDAY, August 23, 5:00 PM
Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with director Susanna Styron
When Susanna Styron dropped out of college in 1975, she came to the Vineyard to “figure things out.” Working in Poole’s Fish Market, sharing a house with two carpenters, befriending struggling artists, and going out drinking at the Ritz, she began to discern a community of like-minded seekers who (with varying degrees of success) had left the mainland behind, looking to establish simpler, freer lives. The following winter she returned with a camera crew and created Suspended Sentence, her first short film. It will play in tandem with her most recent short, House of Teeth, a fictional narrative which she wrote and directed. In it, her lead character, a recently divorced woman in midlife, sets out to find her bearings—and her mojo—as she discovers the challenges and surprises of life beyond marriage.