My alma mater, Fordham University, has a great film felstival weekend coming up, highlighting projects made by some of my fellow alumni. Here's all the info:
Fordham Alumni Company produces CANNED ART
Festival Weekend screening Features, Shorts and Web
8-10 @ The Wild Project in
Back for its sixth summer, the Fordham Alumni
Company will for the first time host a weekend of film screenings created by
All screenings will be presented at
the Wild Project (195 E.
3rd St., NYC). Admission is $5 per film.
In addition, audience members can purchase a $12 "RamPass" to
see 3 or more films. To purchase tickets in advance visit
information is as
Feature Length Films:
Thursday, August 8 @ 7:00 PM
Garçon is an unpublished science fiction novelist living off the success
of his wife, Trude Garçon-Moore, a Hollywood Producer. 'Trapped' in
lavish surroundings and with rejection letters piling high, Homer has convinced
himself of his wife's infidelity. Follow Homer as he dives into the prickly
territories of self-awareness and self pity in his quest to find the truth about
his wife - and himself - all at a Valentine's Day dinner decidedly set for
Kelvin Z. Phillips
by Carla L. Jackson, Kelvin Z. Phillips
Johnny Walter, Timeca M. Seretti and LeMarc Johnson
Friday, August 9 @ 7:00 PM
We Got Away With It
home from jail just before the arrival of his friends for their annual reunion
weekend, Henry discovers a shocking tragedy. His rash and unpredictable response
sets in motion a chain of events that will forever change the course of
everyone's lives, sweeping up the innocent and threatening to destroy them all.
Inspired by new-wave crime dramas of the '60s and '70s, this gripping tale of
abuse, secrets, denial and revenge also expertly incorporates character-driven
humor into a taut and explosive mix.
Jeff Barry, McCaleb Burnett, Jon Lundstrom
by La Vie Productions & Jailbreak Films
McCaleb Burnett, Jeff Barry, Cassandra Freeman, Mikal Evans, Jacob H. Knoll,
Brianne Moncrief, Luke Robertson, Jon Lindstrom, Samantha Soule, Richard
Saturday, August 10 @ 7:00 PM
Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for its
screenplay and winner of over twenty film festival awards since debuting in
competition at last years SXSW Film Festival.
and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by
choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss.
Matt suffers from comic-book writer's block and can't get over his ex-boyfriend.
They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the
old-fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit
as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in
preparation for parenthood? Gayby is an irreverent comedy about friendship,
growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you choose.
By Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell
Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, Mike Doyle, Anna Margaret Hollyman,
Jack Ferver, Jonathan Lisecki, Maria McConville, Tommy Heleringer and Victoire
Alum in Shorts
2 series featuring
an exciting array of Short Films and Documentaries shot by Fordham Alumni.
Alum in Shorts A
Friday August 9 @ 5:00 PM
Saturday August 10 @ 9:00 PM
Ann Dunham is an energetic and free-spirited girl who
loves hockey, dance class, and video games. When she asks Santa Claus to turn
her into a boy for Christmas, her request throws her conservative mother into a
tailspin. Dear Santa is a lighthearted look at the complicated, funny,
and sometimes dysfunctional ties that bind a family together.
Writer/Director: Maura Smith
Featuring: Kelly Curran, Samantha Eddy, Christian Mello,
Sharon Evans, Kerry Riley, Danielle Kellerman, Lila Stanton
WalkingMerchandiseexposes the tragic story of
middle-school-aged, Chinese children trafficked to the United States by
smugglers known as "snakeheads." Sent by their parents to work as low-wage
laborers as a source of income, the children embark on a perilous journey that
can include physical harm, sexual assault, and even death. Once in the U.S.,
they are trapped in a life of debt-bondage and forced to work around the clock
in dangerous conditions with the hope of paying off debts as high as
Director: Ethan Downing
Producer: Robert Nguyen
Executive Producer: Michael
Ostrander is the #2 theatre critic at one of the most
high-profile newspapers in the country. Misanthropic and remote, he is hated and
feared in the theatre community for his scathing critiques. Only when he attends
Anne Hathaway's one woman show does he realize his true calling- to quit his job
and write a screenplay for the starlet.... Under the guise of 'writing an
profile' he manages to snag a meeting with Ms. Hathaway herself.He sets out to wow the actress with his opus to her.
Alum in Shorts B
Friday August 9 @ 9:00 PM
Saturday August 10 @ 5:00 PM
(stop action exploration) Clown
delivered, drawing on a vast net of inspiration,
exploration) Clown Searching, is a film short attempting to convey the
difficult emotions connected to our human emotional journeys.
desperation intermingled with the search for creative self and identity; is
transcendence possible in today's society of excess?
is the first
"chapter" of a three-part sequence currently in production.
Director/Writer: Todd Giordano
Featuring: Todd Giordano
Rite is a drama that takes place on a southern college campus. On the night that
Kwame decides to lose his virginity he must decide whether to fall prey to
pressure from his peers or be true to his own conscience.
Shadae Lamar Smith
Myers, Majuan Canady, Jerry Ford, Brandon Gregory
In the small West Texas town of Marfa,
the annual shuffleboard competition is a game of friendly rivalry, but for Jacob
Guevara, the town's reigning shuffleboard champion, it has come to signify
something much deeper and more personal. A rare look into the local Marfa bar
scene, the documentary goes inside the competition with Jacob and his friends
and family, showing how a game of delicate precision has had an unexpectedly
strong impact on their lives.
Chris Portal, Merri Lisa Triglio & Laura Wagner
Flowers for Norma
A young man strolls the streets of
1963 New York City to meet the love of his life, only to find that love is not
all he remembered it to be. This award-winning short film is based on the short
story 'The Man Who Loved Flowers' by Stephen King.
Producers: Travcy Utley, Vinny
Petrosini, Juan Reinoso
Rosen, Chris Mulkey, Tony Plana, William B. Davis, Katie Honaker
Fordham On the Web
A look at Fordham Alum making waves on the
Thursday, August 8 @ 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 10 @ 2:00 PM
If unicorns existed, and then someone killed them ALL,
but then two amazing doctors somehow brought them back to life and you were
standing right there, like literally a foot away, watching the whole thing....
wait, what was the question?... Oh. We are just two girls who live in LA and
like to make sketches.... Sorry, misunderstood the question at first.
Writers: Heidi Niedermeyer, Elena Crevello
Heidi Niedermeyer, Elena Crevello
learn to Make Friends with Food! Monica's Mixing Bowl is a children's webseries
that empowers families with knowledge about food, allergies, and dietary
restrictions through the help of narrative, puppets, and song. For more info
please visit MonicasMixingBowl.com
Development: Jed Resnick, Donna Drake, Stacey Weingarten
By: Monica Willey; Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter LLC
and Ian have spent their post-college days (and months and years) blissfully
holed up rent-free in their mother's house masturbating and watching Steven
Seagal movies. But every Eden must fall. Upon learning that their mother has
suddenly moved to Florida, the boys grapple with her terrifying ultimatum: get
jobs or get out.
By: David Ruttura, Ian McWethy & David Yanni
Company: Good Company
Writer: Ian McWethy
Director: David Ruttura
Featuring: Ian McWethy, Josh LaCasse, Phoebe Strole,
Brendan Conheady, Jan Maxwell, Zack Robidas, Elizabeth Hess, Peter
Unker & Physia
Our stalwart hero, Unker, and plucky
heroine, Physia (fish-uh), encounter themselves on various urban adventures.
Whether dancing in a parallel music video universe, or enduring a ninja haircut
assault, the unlikely pair thrives in a world even weirder than they are. Funny,
technicolor, strange, cartoonish, quirky, and completely unpredictable, this web
series will be one you remember.