The Bay Area is well served in this satirical thriller set against the backdrop of the Occupy Oakland movement. White Rabbit (2014) updates the familiar noir theme of an alienated war veteran. Protagonist Kerryann Terkel (Carla Pauli) served in Iraq. Back home, no one is clamoring for her skills as a radio technician. Instead, she’s hired on as a clerical employee at an Oakland collection agency where she barely fits in. Martin Scorsese used color and lighting to show the after effects of war on Viet Nam vet Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) in Taxi Driver (1976). Kerryann also suffers from PTSD with the sounds of combat haunting her. Like Travis, Kerryann finds a measure of camaraderie with fellow veterans and coworkers, yet essentially remains a loner. Unlike Travis, she’s not a sociopath. But she knows a few, starting with a crooked cop named Ricky Ray (Eric Michael Kochmer), a slick talker she meets in a bar. They become entangled in a plot to electronically rip-off a Tea Party candidate’s slush fund. It’s a delicious idea, which becomes increasingly hilarious (and violent) the closer the heist comes to fruition.Trained at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, Pauli has a natural toughness that makes her believable in the role. Also outstanding is Bay Area architect Jarvis Moore as the fellow combat veteran who’s got Kerryann’s back. A production supervisor at Pixar by day, director Bill Kinder is an unabashed fan of film noir. During the Q&A, he cited director Robert Aldrich [Kiss Me Deadly (1955)] as a major influence. Kevin Warner wrote the White Rabbit screenplay, inspired by the crime thrillers of the 1970s. Ryan Lynch, also from Pixar, produced the film.