Best of the Fests


Directed by Bob Byington

USA, 2019, 1h 14min, DCP

Best of the Fests

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Director Bob Byington in attendance with a Q&A moderated by Kevin Corrigan.

In Bob Byington’s sharp and insightful dark comedy, a young, attractive and bored Midwestern high school teacher makes the unfortunate mistake of sleeping with one of her students, a ludicrous decision with disastrous consequences. Featuring Nick Offerman, Martin Starr, David Krumholtz and writer/star Kaley Wheless.


FRANCES FERGUSON is not the traditional black comedy that we see so often in the world of independent film because through the eyes of protagonist Frances, each uncomfortable relationship she has is laid bare in service of subtle comedy. Or tragedy. Take your pick as they are both connected.”Chris Gore, Film Threat

A likable film about an unlikeable person, and if any phrase can be used to describe the work of Austin director Bob Byington, that one may as well be carved in stone.”Richard Whittaker, The Austin Chronicle

“Captures the darkness of scandal, while finding the comedy and lightheartedness within such a dark subject matter.” Amanda Mazzillo, Film Inquiry

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