In Anna Baumgarten's Disfluency, Jane (Sneaky Pete's Libe Barer) returns to her family's Michigan lakehouse to take stock of her life after failing her last college class. Jane's family does not know that she experienced a traumatic event at college that left her unable to focus on her studies. Still committed to becoming a speech therapist, Jane embarks on a study on language shifts based on circumstances, environment, and emotional state. But the study cannot distract Jane from the trauma that has derailed her immediate and future plans. The cast also includes Libe Barer's real-life sister Ariela Barer as Jane's sister Lacey; the Halloween franchise's Dylan Arnold as Jane's potential love interest Jordan; and Chelsea Alden as Jane's friend Amber, the mother of a young boy recently diagnosed as deaf. Drawn from Anna Baumgarten's personal experiences, Disfluency will screen during the Austin Film Festival at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Galaxy Theatres Austin. Anna Baumgarten makes her feature directorial debut with Disfluency, which is based on the 2018 short film she wrote and is executive produced by Jim Cummings. Baumgarten previously directed the short film Line Dry.
Posted: Oct. 22, 2021.