|THE ORIGINAL I.Q. TESTER|
|Cast: ||Alan Arrivée, Eric Winzenried, Rebecca Jernigan, Frances Courtney Kneupper, Ben Matlock, Anna Donnell, Patty Bell Jernigan, Beatrice Arrivée, Abram Jankowski, Henry Milton, Chris Offutt|
|Crew: ||Producers: Alan Arrivée, Jordan Berger, Gavin Fields - Screenwriters: Alan Arrivée - Cinematographer: Lars P Arendt - Editor: Alan Arrivée - Composer: Daniel Russell, Alan Arrivée
After ten months on the road, Russell has finally called his brother Nate and asked him to come get him. When Nate arrives to pick him up, however, Russell's not so sure. He's been playing a peg game in restaurants for months and can't get a decent score. Something happened to the two brothers a long time ago, and he just can't win. Now he's about to find out that the promise the two boys made to keep it a secret has been broken. Nate's telling people.
Alan Arrivée is a filmmaker, writer, and artist and is Assistant Professor of Cinema and Cinema Director at The University of Mississippi. His short film SILENT RADIO was awarded Best Foreign Film at The European Independent Film Festival 2007 in Paris. His short play THE ORIGINAL I.Q. TESTER was a finalist for the 2007 Heideman Award and was published in the Tusculum Review, and his memoir THE APPROPRIATE USE OF HANDS recently appeared in The Florida Review. His film version of THE ORIGINAL I.Q. TESTER has just been completed and is premiering at the Queens World Film Festival. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife and daughter.
This story got its start when I was a social worker for a juvenile probation program in the Texas Hill Country, where at least a few brothers held secrets they were too afraid or too ashamed to reveal. It also began on the long western road trips my family and I took every summer in our '69 Dodge Coronet. In my memory, it had a lot of miles on it. Our green canoe was strapped on top and a canvas "desert water bag" hung on the grill to help cool the radiator. The air conditioning didn't work, and when it got hot we'd stop at roadside diners for food and something cool to drink. Often, on the table, before the days of Cracker Barrel, there sat a triangular peg game called the The Original I.Q. Tester. My brother and I were fascinated by this simple puzzle game. Maybe it was what was written on it, how you could be "so-so", "average", "smart", "brilliant", even "genius", according to the amount of pegs that were left by the end. It seemed like an intelligence gauge and your fortune being told all in one. In my film, THE ORIGINAL I.Q. TESTER, a man in his forties struggles with this game as he talks across the table with the brother who's come to pick him up from the road. After months of playing this game in diners, it may be as much a puzzle now over what happened to his brother and him a long time ago a way to pass the time before that cool drink.