LAST NIGHT, A SMALL but appreciative audience at the Brattle Theater got to see the first local screening of Kate Davis' Girltalk in many years. Up tonight at the Brattle is Jan Egleson's groundbreaking Billy in the Lowlands, the most influential indie film ever made in Boston. Full of locations that just aren't there anymore (pre-Red Line extension Harvard Square, Paragon Park, Fresh Pond Shopping Center with its late-1970s roster of stores [Zayre, anyone?]), it inspired movies just after it (such as The Dozens, which won a Grand Prize at Sundance before it was called Sundance) and 15 years later (Rob Patton-Spruill's Squeeze and, to a certain extent, Good Will Hunting). Writer-director Jan Egleson will be joining me to talk about how he was the first Bostonian to make an attempt at sustained, grass-roots dramatic filmmaking.
The book should be in stores today. If you go to a store and they don't have it, please ask them to carry it!