Queering the Canon: LATE BLOOMERS (1996) - NewFest


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Passion blossoms between a middle-aged school secretary and basketball coach in this delightfully offbeat 90s crowd-pleaser.


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Middle-aged passion blossoms and love conquers all in this delightfully offbeat charmer set Eleanor B. Roosevelt High School in Texas suburbia. The debut of sister filmmaking duo Julia (director) and Gretchen (writer) Dyer, LATE BLOOMERS celebrates the budding romance between Carly Lumpkin—the married school secretary and mother of two—and teacher/basketball coach Dinah Groshardt. Their awakening galvanizes the local conservative community, with the small-town drama permeating everywhere from the teacher’s lounge to the student body to the PTA, yet leads to unexpected love-conquers-all resolutions.

Part of Queering the Canon: Rom-Coms
$16 In-Person Ticket | $8 for Members
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$18 Virtual All Access Pass | $9 for Members

Come for the too-often untold story of later-in-life love and stay for the lo-fi retro soundtrack, 90s wackiness, and naked basketball in this crowd-pleaser that is ripe for rediscovery. 107 mins, 1996. 35mm screening.

The screening includes a special Q&A with director Julia Dyer.

Presented in Partnership with BAM


Julia Dyer