What Happened Was…

Saturday, February 28th (10pm)
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Transmutative Cinema presents Tom Noonan’s What Happened Was…


Tom Noonan is perhaps better known for his work in front of the camera often playing villainous roles in films like Manhunter or Robocop 2 or his eccentric and memorable parts in Heat and Mystery Train. If you don’t recognize his name you certainly may recognize his large frame, bald head, and menacing smile. Behind the camera Tom is also one of America’s greatest directing talents.

His films begin first as stage plays. Tom Noonan owns his own theater in New York, where he and his cast rehearse their parts before a live audience. Once the theatrical run of the play is done Noonan and crew take the story to a set and make the film. Working with only two actors and a single location Tom Noon is able to create a roomy dramas that is anything but claustrophobic. What Happened Was… starts as a simple date, but soon unfolds into an exploration of the disguises we wear and the false assumptions we make about our co-workers and ourselves.

“Having given up, I went to dinner at a friend’s house. During the meal I asked my friend how her brother was (whom I’d never met) and she said, “Oh, he’s such a jerk. This woman he works with asked him over for dinner. Well, he went and halfway through the meal he realized sensed romantic overtones and asked, ‘Is this a date?’. When the woman told him that she really liked him, he said that he wouldn’t have come to dinner if he had considered this a date. The woman blew and threw him out.” I got up from the table and left my friend’s house and rushed home and started writing. Ten days later I had written WHAT HAPPENED WAS…”
-Tom Noonan “Having given up, I went to dinner at a friend’s house. During the meal I asked my friend how her brother was (whom I’d never met) and she said, “Oh, he’s such a jerk. This woman he works with asked him over for dinner. Well, he went and halfway through the meal he realized sensed romantic overtones and asked, ‘Is this a date?’. When the woman told him that she really liked him, he said that he wouldn’t have come to dinner if he had considered this a date. The woman blew and threw him out.” I got up from the table and left my friend’s house and rushed home and started writing. Ten days later I had written WHAT HAPPENED WAS…”

-Tom Noonan
1994 | Color | Sound | 91 minutes

presented on DVD

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