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My Heart Is an Idiot Chronicles Romantic Foibles

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 20, 2011 2:45PM

2011_4_20myheartisanidiot.jpg There's something wryly ironic about Davy Rothbart, the co-creator of FOUND Magazine, being featured as Exhibit A in a documentary about the difficulties of finding true love. But there you have it.

My Heart is an Idiot by filmmaker David Meiklejohn follows Rothbart as he crisscrosses the country on his perpetual FOUND book tour in his groovy van. While juggling events and collecting the detritus which makes up FOUND he also attempts to make a love connection. But if you think that just sounds like a documentary equivalent of Away We Go, perish the thought; along the way he solicits romantic advice from such "experts" as Zooey Deschanel, Ira Glass, Newt Gingrich and his own mom. And a surprising event occurs a third of the way into the film that sends things in a whole new direction.

Meiklejohn and Rothbart will be in town for a screening and Q & A next week at the Intuit Gallery. Incidentally, the gallery is currently exhibiting some treasures from their permanent collection, so it's a perfect excuse to get there a bit early and do some browsing.

The screening is Saturday, April 30 at Intuit Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, at 7p.m.; $10 suggested donation, $8 for Intuit members