Fresh off of its World Premiere at Dances With Films in New York City, locally shot CAN'T SEEM TO MAKE YOU MINE, starring Zachary Ray Sherman, Lindsay Burdge, Jessica Barr, Journey Baker, and James "Jay Mack" McClendon, is coming home to Portland with a filmmaker Q&A after the screening.
The story revolves around a man recently released from prison as he tries to reconnect with his ex and become a father to his 6-year-old son, while he stays with a stripper he met through a prison pen-pal website.
Drawing inspiration from Co-Writer/Co-Director Sara Katarina’s brother during a 6-year prison sentence, this film delves into the complexity of addiction, parenthood, toxic masculinity, a lack of connection, and what it feels like to be misunderstood. It finds poetry in the isolation and struggle faced by individuals re-entering society after incarceration, where the US prison system often fails to provide proper care or attention. This film is both intimate and universal, quiet but powerful, with raw emotion and chaos despite its minimalist, contemplative approach.