The next local sighting comes in a movie that’s also about a family coping with mental illness: An Invisible Sign. Never heard of it? That’s because the theatrical release is teeny-tiny: It’s only playing once a day at the IFC Center in New York City. But that doesn’t mean you have to head to the Metro-North to check it out: The film’s also available in OnDemand — an option you might want to explore, because these reviews make it seem like it might be better for a rental than a full-price theatrical ticket.
The book is based on Aimee Bender’s fantastic novel, An Invisible Sign of My Own, about a girl (Mona, played by Jessica Alba) who retreats into the world of mathematics as a way of coping with her father’s sudden mental illness diagnosis. She develops obsessions and compulsions of her own, and struggles with managing them as she starts a new job teaching math to elementary school kids.
All of these mental quirks sure make it hard to flirt with the cute science teacher, though they go on a semi-sorta-kinda date together to… the Tarrytown Music Hall, of course! The date is a disaster and Mona ends up running away, but it does make for a nice scene of her sprinting down the streets of Tarrytown.
» Read reviews of An Invisible Sign starring Jessica Alba
For the last film, the local sighting is behind the camera, not in front. The documentary Hey Boo, about everybody’s favorite English assignment To Kill a Mockingbird, comes out this Friday. Its director, Mary Murphy, is a resident of Scarborough. Her film profiles the life of author Harper Lee — who stopped speaking to the press in the 1960s — and the historical context surrounding her creation of the novel. But it also looks at how the book has affected people now, and features interviews with Opra Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, and others. You can find dates and showtimes here.
» Get showtimes of Hey Boo, based on To Kill a Mockingbird’s Harper Lee
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