2013 Festival Lineup
Guest Speaker: Martin Starr
Martin Starr is an actor in both film and television. His television roles have most famously included Bill Haverchuck on Freaks and Geeks and Roman DeBeers on the comedy series Party Down. He is also known for his roles in the films Knocked Up, Cheats, and Adventureland. He will be screening The Apocalypse and Eyeball Eddie and doing a Q&A with the head of the film program and audience members.
Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea for how to spend their Saturday afternoon.
In the world of high-school wrestling, there is only the strong and the weak – and EDDIE MALICK may be the weakest you’ve ever seen. Shy, scrawny, and perpetually body-slammed, Eddie seems as fragile and pathetic as his own morbid glass eye. But when that eye accidently pops out during a match, Eddie seizes the moment, pins his horrified opponent to the mat – and suddenly realizes that the perfect strategy for victory sits in his socket. Of course, as Eddie continues to exploit this advantage, word of his victories spreads through the school – and Eddie becomes a freakish sensation. While this sudden celebrity status has long been his dream, Eddie begins to worry…is my eyeball becoming more popular than I am?
Feature Film Program
Both of these features are being shown here before their release dates. We are honored to be providing our festival-goers with a first look at these exceptional Independent Films.
The Short Game by by Josh Greenbaum
Each year, the world’s best 7 year-old golfers descend on Pinehurst, North Carolina to compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. THE SHORT GAME is a fascinating and funny feature documentary that follows eight of these very young athletes on their quest to become the sport’s next phenom.
Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton
2009 Wassaic Alum Destin Cretton’s powerhouse first feature swept SXSW this year, winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. Screening here before its release, Short Term 12 tells the story of Grace, a young foster-care supervisor who looks after troubled teens and simultaneously tries to reckon with her own past. With undisputedly complex subject matter, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places. The producer, David Kaplan, will introduce the film.
Dead Snow by Tommy Wirkola
Several friends take to the mountains and shack-up in the wilderness of back-of-beyond to enjoy a little R & R together, their peace is soon interrupted by a mysterious old man, warning them of a local curse that during the German occupation of the local area that these Nazi invaders were brutal and harsh in their methods of control. Telling of the legend of the villager’s revolt that drove them up into the cold, dark mountains where they perished, that is until rumour of their return in the form of zombies, evil Nazi zombies.
Short Film Programs
Short Film Program I
A Goldfish Documentary by Elizabeth Stehling and Steve Snell
How does one transport goldfish across the country in a safe way that won’t spill water all over the car and will be safe for the well being of the fish? A Goldfish Documentary tells the story of Noodles and Tony P, two small goldfish from the Great Plains of Nebraska, and their journey to the hamlet of Wassaic, NY. Co-Directed by Steve Snell and Elizabeth Stehling, this documentary is the product of their 2013 Wassaic Project summer Artist’s Residency which was focused on collaborative video practice. They are the first ever Wassaic residents to screen at the summer festival. The filmmakers will be in attendance for the Q&A.
The Arm by Sarah Ramos, Brie Larson, and Jessie Ennis
In an attempt to keep up with social pressure in a technologically advanced world, Chance starts a texting relationship with Genevieve, a girl he meets at a yogurt shop. The endearing short won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Sarah Ramos will be in attendance for the Q&A.
The Eagleman Stag by Mikey Please
The Eagleman Stag is a BAFTA award winning Royal College of Art thesis film of director / writer Mikey Please. According to the director, “It’s mostly made out of some strange white stuff, found in the back of a stress cushion.” Mikey worked with his brother Benedict Please, who composed the soundtrack and score, as well as the vocal talents of cult actor David Cann, who lends his voice here to Peter Eagleman. This short is not to be missed.
Social Butterfly by Lauren Wolkstein
Social Butterfly was an official selection of both the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. It stars Wassaic alum Anna Margaret Hollyman (Adelaide) and is directed by Lauren Wolkstein, another Wassaic alum who presented her short film, The Strange Ones in 2011. She was recently named as one of the 25 new faces of independent film by Filmmaker Magazine. Hollyman and Wolkstein are currently developing it into a feature film.
Short Film Program II
Curfew by Shawn Christensen
At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister asking him to look after his nine-year old niece for a few hours. Winner of the 2013 Academy Award for best short film, Curfew is currently being made into a feature length movie.
“Curfew is one of those short films where the characters are so well drawn, the acting is so convincing, and the environment is so fully realized that these characters seem to exist well outside of the parameters of the brief film they’re in.” -Film School Rejects February 05, 2013
Magnesium by Sam de Jong
Magnesium is a short film about a talented gymnast that makes a life-changing discovery as she prepares for an important tournament, which is her last chance to reach the top. This hard-hitting dutch film is as brutal and intimate as they come.
The Promise by Sam Molleur
Sam Molleur’s dark comedy takes the meaning of loyalty to a whole new level. A Vimeo staff pick and Short of the Week selection, The Promise finds a good friend in a tough position as he attempts to follow through on a five year old promise he made to a close friend.
RPG OKC by Emily Carmichael
Tribeca favorite RPG OKC features two video game characters that forge an unlikely romance. Director Emily Carmichael’s films have screened at TFF; BAM; the Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, CineVegas, and Rooftop Film Festivals. She was recently named as one of the 25 new faces of independent film by Filmmaker Magazine.
Fool’s Day by Cody Blue Snider
Fool’s Day is a dark comedy about a 3rd grade class that pulls an innocent, April Fool’s prank on their teacher that ends up accidentally killing her. They become so convinced they will all go to prison for this, that they decide to cover up the murder and hide the body before their DARE officer shows up for his weekly lesson.
Projects by past Wassaic Alums have ranged from Academy Award Winners, Berlin and Cannes Film Festival participants, to films made by residents at the Wassaic Project. Thanks to our amazing Film Advisory Committee – Rowan Riley and Amy Basil, as well as to our hard-working Intern Carla Frankenbach and the incomparable Shannon Finnegan for all their hard work and dedication.