Film at Wassaic
Each year the Film program includes short and feature films, guest speakers, and outdoor screenings – all in the unique architecture of the Wassaic Project. Stay tuned for updates on our Film Program for our next festival.
in 2014 we focused on emerging talent in independent film and, this year, were thrilled to welcome Desiree Akhavan (our first screenwriting resident) with her film Appropriate Behavior, Bridey Elliott (the amazing lead actor in Fort Tilden), as well as Jason Sondhi and Andrew S. Allen from Short of the Week to guest curate our short film programs. There will also be more announcements on the website in the days leading up to the festival.
At the Wassaic Project, we screen movies in the refurbished Cattle Auction Ring and outdoors at night, under the stars. We’re proud of this year’s slate as these films are bold and fun. See you at the festival!
–Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, Director of Film Programming
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 2014
7:30PM Short Film Program I, Q&A with Jason Sondhi from Short of the Week, Cattle Auction Ring, Luther Barn
9:30PM Outdoor Feature Film: Fort Tilden by Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss, Cast member Bridey Elliott will attend screening, Maxon Mills Stage
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 2014
12PM Short Film Program II, Q&A with Jason Sondhi from Short of the Week, Cattle Auction Ring, Luther Barn
5PM Feature Film: Appropriate Behavior with Desiree Akhavan, Cattle Auction Ring, Luther Barn
8PM Feature Film: Zero Motivation by Talya Lavie, Cattle Auction Ring, Luther Barn
10:30PM Late-Night. Surprise. Outdoor. Feature. Screening. Maxon Mills Stage.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 2014
11AM Short Film Program I (repeat), Cattle Auction Ring, Luther Barn
12PM Short Film Program II (repeat), Cattle Auction Ring, Luther Barn
2PM Feature Film: Fort Tilden (repeat) by Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss, Cattle Auction Ring, Luther Barn
2014 Festival Features
Fort Tilden / U.S.A (Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers) — Amidst quarter-life crises, Allie struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day and board their bikes and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there. Cast: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Neil Casey, Alysia Reiner, Will Hines, Peter Vack, Max Jenkins, John Early.
Appropriate Behavior / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Desiree Akhavan) — Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip, young Brooklynite, but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold on to can be a lonely experience. Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong, Arian Moayed.
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Zero Motivation / Israel (Talya Lavie) – A dark comedy about everyday life for a unit of young female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters, who bide their time pushing paper, battling for the top score in Minesweeper, and counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment—from friendship to love and country—are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit. Cast: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein, Heli Twito, Meytal Gal, Tamara Klingon, Yonit Tobi, Yuval Segal, Elad Scemama. In Hebrew with subtitles.
2014 Festival Shorts
Short Film Program I:
The Runners (Matan Rochlitz & Ivo Gormley)
As I Am (Alan Spearman)
Battle of the Jazz Guitarist (Mark Columbus)
Lies (Jonas Odell)
The Voyagers (Penny Lane)
Short Film Program II:
Margo Lily (Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart)
Crush (Rachel Antonoff & Biana Giaever)
Flamingos (Francesca Coppola)
Skin (Jordana Spiro)
Requiem for Romance (Jonathan Ng)
Karaoke! (Andrew Renzi)
At Short of the Week, more than any one quality, we privilege innovation. We think of the short form as an incubator for creativity in storytelling, and keep this requirement at the forefront of our curatorial sensibilities online. With the honor of programming the Wassaic Project’s Summer Festival this year, our first opportunity ever to craft brilliant festival programs, it felt important to be true to this impulse, while shaping two screenings we hope you love.
In a larger cultural context, the greatest storytelling innovation of our time is the centrality of us—you and me. If you think about Web 2.0 culture: Facebook, YouTube & Vimeo, all the way down to Vine, the most consumed media in the world is by us, about us—our loves, our lives.
Suddenly, our mundane challenges and minor triumphs are on center stage, the creative fodder for art consumed by billions.
In Program 1 we therefore look to highlight creativity in the factual realm, exploring innovative films in Documentary. Formally distinct, and radically unfamiliar, the films share a common thread—the primacy of sharing our personal stories.
Shorts Program I:
The Runners (Matan Rochlitz & Ivo Gormley), As I Am (Alan Spearman), Battle of the Jazz Guitarist (Mark Columbus), Lies (Jonas Odell), The Voyagers (Penny Lane)
*Guest curator Jason Sondhi will attend Friday night screening.
The Runners / UK / 11 Min. (Matan Rochlitz & Ivo Gormley) – Pounding the tarmac through the seasons, a band of runners are brazenly challenged with intimate questions as they pace their routes.
Battle of the Jazz Guitarist / USA / 7 Min. (Mark Columbus) – A deceptively simple film about “the Jimi Hendrix of Fiji,” forced to take a menial job in the United States when his wife became pregnant with the filmmaker.
Lies / Sweden / 13 Min.
(Jonas Odell) – A triptych of personal stories recounted in the first person, Lies is a remarkable and profound series of animated vignettes dramatizing “lies”—ones we make to strangers, ones we tell to those we love, and the ones we use to convince ourselves.
The Voyagers / USA / 16 Min. (Penny Lane) – Lyrical, meditative documentary on the immensity of the universe and the persistent human spirit to experience it to the utmost.
In Program II we traverse the scripted realm, and rather than explore innovation in form, we consider subject. Using the prism of love, we share often bittersweet stories that are novel in the way they hone in on the dramatic elements of life and relationships. These are moments that are too fragile, too specific for other visual mediums to tackle, but, through exquisite focus, they do wonders in communicating what it means to be human.
Shorts Program II:
Margo Lily (Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart), Crush (Rachel Antonoff & Biana Giaever), Flamingos (Francesca Coppola), Skin (Jordana Spiro), Requiem for Romance (Jonathan Ng), Karaoke! (Andrew Renzi)
*Guest curator Jason Sondhi will attend Saturday screening.
Margo Lily / Canada / 8 Min. (Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart) – A couple is determined to plant a tree in the middle of winter following the loss of their child.
Crush / USA / 6 Min. (Rachel Antonoff & Biana Giaever) –
An internet breakout filmmaker + a rising fashion designer with tons of celeb friends = an adorable fashion film about love.
Flamingos / Italy / 15 Min. (Francesca Coppola) –
Father and daughter share a sentimental moment, but trouble boils under the surface.
Skin / USA / 12 Min. (Jordana Spiro) – A child taxidermist, an outsider in his small town, is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. But just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything.
Requiem for Romance / Canada / 7 Min. (Jonathan Ng) – In this “crouching love, hidden breakup” story, inspired by 50′s Shanghai water ink animation & kung fu films, themes of distance, tradition, art and longing dominate a telephonic conversation.
/ 13 Min.
(Andrew Renzi) – On a night out in New York City, a young man avoids his problems.
Check out the 2015, 2013, 2012, and 2011 Film Programs!
Director of Film Programming: Liliana Greenfield-Sanders
Programmer: Rowan Riley
Guest Curators, Shorts Program: Jason Sondhi and Andrew S. Allen + Short of the Week Team
Press: Sara Sampson & Samantha Best
Projectionist: Clark Frankel
Thanks: David Kaplan, LD, Eve Biddle, Matt Parker