Synopsis: Steve Balderson’s new film The Casserole Club focuses on a group of mod 1960’s era suburban housewives. Close-knit and neighborly, they are all bent on one-upping each other, trying to prove that each is “the hostess with the most-ess.” They begin a recipe club, and hold dinner parties, testing out their new casseroles. But when the gatherings become increasingly focused on boozy flirtation, and more than recipes start getting swapped, the story moves swiftly from stylized and campy to a drama about irresponsibility, selfishness, and damaged people. The Casserole Club portrays an intricate landscape of desolation, unspoken desires, and empty lives laid bare. Raw and uncompromising, it’s a sordid slice of life from the “Mad Men” era that’s evocative of classics like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?