Here’s one of the more intriguing indie trailers to come across the transom: The Automatic Hate, from Emmy- and Gotham Award-winning director Justin Lerner (Girlfriend), starring Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Joseph Cross (Born To Race) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood). Lerner and co-screenwriter Katharine O’Brien dig into forbidden-love territory as country mouse Alexis (Clemens) shows up at the Boston restaurant where David (Cross) is chef, revealing that they’re cousins. Cousins, it turns out, with ants in their pants — especially since David is dealing with the cold shoulder from his girlfriend (Woll).
Playing their long-estranged fathers are vets Richard Schiff and magician-slash-sometime-actor Ricky Jay. Teh film made its debut at SXSW 2015. Film Movement will unspool The Automatic Hate on March 11 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center, with other screens to be announced.