Podtalk: Elizabeth Coffman & Mark Bosco of ‘Flannery,’ at the CUFF 27 Drive-In, Nov 12, 2020

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CHICAGO – The 1950s/60s Southern author Flannery O’Connor gets an overdue documentary by co-directors Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco. “Flannery” screens at the 27th Chicago Underground Film Festival Drive-In on November 12th, 2020.

Flannery O’Connor was an American novelist, short story artist and essayist who made a huge impact in her short career (approximately 1945-64). This was due to her struggle with the disease Lupus, which handicapped her but also focused her writing, and she died from that condition at age 39 in 1964. The documentary “Flannery” is an exciting overview of her impact, dissecting the roots, influences and religiosity of her work. The co-directors approached the documentary from different camps of expertise … Mark Bosco is a Jesuit priest and O’Connor scholar, Elizabeth Coffman is a Chicago-based filmmaker and writer.

‘Flannery’ at the CUFF 27 Drive-In on November 12th, 2020
Photo credit: CUFF.org

The 27th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF 27) is a long-time advocate and exhibitor of outsider cinema, and like many film tests in 2020 are doing a hybrid of virtual/online screenings, Drive-Ins and livestream Q&As/Special Events through November 22nd. Click here for ticket and more information about the November 12th Drive-In screening of “Flannery.”

In a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, co-directors Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco talk about the connections of Flannery O’Connor to the studies of her career, in the context of their documentary.

In Part Two, the directors speak of Flannery’s struggle with Lupus, the archival trove of their doc and recovering Catholicism.

The 27th Chicago Underground Film Festival is virtual/online through November 22nd, 2020. For Drive-In events, the ChiTown Movies Drive-In is located at 2343 South Throop Street, Chicago. For more information on the 27th CUFF, click here.”Flannery” is co-written and co-directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco, and features animation from artists Heidi Kumeo, Natalie Barahona, Kathleen Judge and Mat Rappaport. For more information regarding the film, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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