In April 2003, a falling boulder pinned Aron Ralston to the wall of Utah's remote Blue John Canyon for nearly five days, forcing the 27-year-old mountain climber to amputate his right arm in a desperate bid to survive.
In bringing his story to the screen, Danny Boyle deftly avoids the obvious stumbling blocks, transforming a mostly one-man show with a well-publicized ending into arresting drama that speaks not only to Ralston's implacable will but also to the durability of the human spirit. Boyle has described 127 Hours as an action movie about a man who can’t move, and the description is apt. Ralston’s existential struggle seems almost to sprint to its grisly conclusion.
Tonight's the last night of structured, regularized events before the free-for-all that is the Lit Crawl. On tap: spoken-word poetry, an all-female panel, the history of zines, and a special event for teenagers.
Actress and poet Amber Tamblyn, who's all over the festival this year, is the star of the new documentary The Drums Inside Your Chest, which takes its name from a poetry group she co-founded. The spoken-word concert film features seven poets and a "vaudevillian magician host" (their words), and is being shown in conjunction with Docfest. (9:15 pm at Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St. Tickets are $10 at the door.)