Loosely based on real events, “Republic of Rick,” will screen Thursday, May 28th, 7pm at Clinton St. Theater. The event is sponsored by the Portland Film Festival, as part of their monthly screening series of independent cinema. Director Mario Kyprianou and Writer and Actor, Becky Leigh will be in attendance for a special Q&A following the screening.
The film follows Rick Launer, the leader of a paranoid Texas militia, as he makes a bid to turn the state of Texas into a republic and become its president. The film premiered at last year’s Slamdance Film Festival and garnered national attention, “One of this year’s Slamdance highlights,” said Brian Truitt, USA Today.
Kyprianou shared, “We’re excited to come to Portland and screen our film. Thanks to Portland Film Festival and Clinton St. Theater for making this happen.”
“Opening with the most elaborate—and arguably historically inaccurate—reenactments of the Battle of the Alamo ever put together, The Republic of Rick is awkwardly hilarious right from the get-go. TRofR is set in 1998 in West Texas, following Rick Launer (Dave Abed), the Ambassador for the Republic of Texas Club, as he is impeached from his position, leads a handful of extremists loyal to his cause to start a commune of sorts in tents outside of his trailer home and slowly begins to work towards a Waco situation. Loosely based on Rick McLaren, TRofR contains acting so spot on conservative republican, there may be several points throughout this film that make you wonder if it might actually be a documentary—Becky Leigh, as Rick’s “Ambassadress” wife Tandy, is particularly on-target and provides a nearly flawless performance. With the overwhelming number of serious, heavily emotional films at Slamdance this year, give yourself a break and go have a laugh with this fun film.”
Clinton St. Theater
2522 SE Clinton St.
Portland, OR 97202