The Duplass brothers' feature The Puffy Chair, which first screened at Sundance in 2005, is finally seeing theatrical release. Our own Karina Longworth saw this movie last fall in Chicago and I caught it at SXSW 2005, where it won an audience award. The road-trip/relationship movie will have one more film festival showing this month in Seattle before it officially hits arthouse theaters on June 2.

To promote The Puffy Chair, Jay and Mark Duplass are returning to their former home of Austin on the eve of the film's theatrical run. On May 31, Screen Door Film is hosting a special screening of the film at St. Edward's University, followed by a discussion with the brothers about the indie filmmaking process. Two days later, Jay Duplass will attend a special opening-night premiere of the film at Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, with an afterparty and possibly some surprise touches (like actual puffy chairs in the lobby ... but hopefully not actual bickering couples). Jay Duplass will stay in town for another day or two to hold Q&As after select screenings, while his brother Mark (who stars in the film) will be promoting the film in Portland. Meanwhile, the filmmakers have set up a MySpace page to help create more buzz about the film. Roadside Attractions and Netflix partnered to distribute the movie, so the way this release is received will be quite interesting to track in terms of Netflix's distribution future.
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