October 18

76 MIN

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Max is a wandering vandal who wants someone, anyone, to recall a grandmother whose memory is fading away. Eugene hopes his dad won’t catch him hiding from the job he secretly quit. Howie from Arkansas is on the run from a past too painful to talk about. Together and apart, this trio of fellow ghosts haunts the waste spaces and unused corners of a small North Carolina port city, looking to the sky for the arrival of a perhaps-mythical rocket that might pull their eyes off the ground and turn their sorrows into something meaningful. With its cut-up DIY textures and xeroxed black and white images, A Great Lamp may look and feel like a well-thumbed zine circa 1994, but the currents of sadness and feeble hope that flow amongst its band of outsiders are eternal. -JK