CAF Reference Films

Collaborative Art of Filmmaking


This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of “Factotum” author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don’t interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling. Rated R. 94 min. Directed by Bent Hamer. With Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei

Factotum (2005)


Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Rated R. 98 min. Directed by Todd Solondz. With Shirley Henderson, Allison Janney, Ally Sheedy.

Life During Wartime (2010)


A dishonest insurance salesman’s life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer. Rated R. 93 min. Directed by Jill Sprecher. With Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin

Thin Ice (2011)


An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar. Rated R. 101 min. Directed by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini. With Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar.

American Splendor (2003)


As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. Rated R. 84 min. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. With James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott

Howl (2010)


A drama centered on a mother’s relationship with her autistic son. Not Rated. 84 min. Directed by Shelli Ainsworth. With Matt Kane, Janel Moloney, Sorel Carradine

Stay Then Go (2014)


A woman’s haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest’s sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school. A contemporary drama of suspense, this movie delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide and loss of identity that occurred at these institutions across the United States and Canada. Not Rated. 102 min. Directed by Georgina Lightning . With Adam Beach, Tantoo Cardinal, Bradley Cooper


Wilma (Jodie Markell) and Matthew (Barry Del Sherman) Ransom are a married couple trying to escape their past, but it always catches up with them. 90 min. Directed by Richard Caliban . With Jodie Markell, Barry Del Sherman, Sean Runnette

Easter 2002