A smart teen girl about to graduate from high school faces an uncertain future in Robert Greene’s sensitive if somewhat messy docu, “Kati With an I.” As if shot from the p.o.v. of one of Kati Genthner’s girlfriends, Greene’s film heightens the chaos that runs through everyday life, occasionally shifting to clips from Genthner’s childhood in the small town of Jacksonville, Ala. With a following built on the fest circuit, pic’s weeklong run, starting Friday at New York’s Maysles Cinema, could kick-start a grassroots national tour.Two days before graduation in a house overrun with pets, Genthner readies for a baccalaureate honors ceremony while hanging out with best friend Bridgett Taylor. The ceremony’s Christian overtones are surprising in an apparently public school, but Genthner and her family never seem especially religious. Aspiring rocker and b.f. James Holsemback visits, leading extended discussions about their future as Genthner plans to move with her parents to North Carolina. Holsemback is 21 but doesn’t seem to have her smarts, yet they clearly love each other. Darker themes are played before the film is over. Tech package is rough.
A 4th Row Films presentation of a Prewar Cinema production. Produced by Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Robert Greene, Sean Price Williams. Co-producer, Clinton Cartwright. Directed, edited by Robert Greene.
Camera (color, DV), Sean Price Williams; music, Marc Alan Goodman, Leslie Stein, Stuart Wolferman; music supervisor, Wolferman. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, April 3, 2011. (In Doc NYC.) Running time: 85 MIN.
Kati Genthner, James Holsemback, Brian Genthner, Tomi Genthner, Bridgett Taylor, Bobby Taylor, Meliah Orten, Dalana Parker.