PrashNYC is proud to present “Old Timers”, written by Megan Stein and directed by Carl Conway Maguire, with cinematography by Grier Dill and production design by Brett Warnke. Carl and Megan have been friends for a long time, and their collective creative drive is relentless, which is why they started making Prash movies last year. They participated in both previous Fests, taking home the Audience Choice Award from Love Fest with their short “Perfect Timing”. Carl’s favorite time travel film is Somewhere In Time (1980) with Christopher Reeve, and Megan’s is Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) with Keanu Reeves.
Director Danny Lane has a wide breadth of knowledge in the arts, and is an active actor, musician and photographer. His director of photography credits include work for Paragon Models, Red Model Management, and music label 100% Silk. Along with co-creator Alex Meyers, Lane recently completed his first feature – WEAR – a supernatural suspense film starring Allison Paige Henning and Bronwyn Carrie-Wilson.
Ghostwood Development is a production company founded by director and executive producer Ryan Garretson, featuring co-writer and producer Robyn Nielsen, and producer Vladana Ilic.
Garretson has been studying film since high school and has since earned a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, and an MA in Media Studies from The New School, where he met and first started collaborating with Ilic. ”Maximum Stache: Quantum Redeemer” will be his fifth completed short film as a director.
Nielsen attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s conservatory for theater and film acting, earning an Associates degree in Dramatic Arts. She has directed several short plays in NYC and produced the feature films PRE (2009) and How To Score Your Life (2012).
Ilic earned her BA in Comparative Literature in Belgrade, Serbia. Simultaneously she attended an independent film school where she learned about the basics of film form. At The New School, she finished her MA in Media Studies and met Garretson, with whom she has been collaborating ever since. She now directs and teaches film.
Ghostwood has participated in both October 2012′s Spooky Fest and last winter’s Love Fest. For Flux Fest, Garretson and Nielsen felt inspired to revisit the characters of their award-winning 2010 short film, “Maximum Stache” and see what could happen to them within a story focused on time travel.
Something Arbitrary is the production company of writer-director Shaun Seneviratne. He has written and directed many short films including Love Fest 2013’s “What About Romance?” His film “How Will We Cross the Seas?” won the audience choice award at the Zero Film Festival. He is currently working on two more short films to shoot this summer, writing his first feature, and working as a teaching artist for BRIC.
For this round of fests, he wanted to work with a tight-knit group of his best friends. Christine Kecher, a film/entertainment MBA candidate and poet, is producing and writing. Michael Irenski, who worked with Shaun on Love Fest 2013’s “What About Romance?”, is co-writing. Neel J. Patel, a photographer, is trying his hand at cinematography this time around. John Mangia, whose work can be seen in Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Amazing Spider-Man, will provide his visual effects expertise.
Shaun Seneviratne’s short film “How Will We Cross the Seas?”
What Inspired the Idea for Your Film?
SS: From the get-go we knew we wanted to play around with a time travel concept that wasn’t science fiction. We also wanted to do something less plot-oriented and more impressionistic. Here are many ideas that influenced the film: memory time travel, Steve Reich’s phasing, eternalism, immortality, closed and open loops, the writings of Jorge Luis Borges (specifically “The Aleph”), nature, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and a poem written by Christine Kecher called “Mercy”.
CK: Initially, it was inspired by a poem I wrote. I was also very interested in two articles I read – one was about scientists recently discovered that giving blood from a young mouse to an old mouse can make the old mouse’s heart almost “brand new” again, and one about how scientists believe that in the near future we may be able to “download” ourselves and live forever as androids.
What is Your Favorite Time Travel Film?
SS: 2046, Certified Copy, Last Year at Marienbad
JM: Back to the Future
CK: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Groundhog Day, Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Jarrod Zayas and Tessa Greenberg did not win any superlatives during their formative high school years, but that hasn’t stopped them from winning most available superlatives in life. Both write. Both direct. Both act. Both produce. Tessa edits (Tessa: 1, Jarrod: 0).
They met when Jarrod sent the following email to Tessa after viewing her public access show titled Fun Club:
SUBJECT: Bushwick Projects?/ Gold Stars for Fun Club
Dear Tessa and ‘Friends’,
I’ve always known that Fun Club was filmed in Brooklyn… But today I noticed, not only is it filmed in Bushwick… it’s filmed right next to/on the roof of my building. As an amateur filmmaker, I have to implore: How do I get involved with future projects?
Rainbows and Ice Cream Cones,
Jarrod and Tessa’s first taste of success came when their short film “West High Story” won the Audience Choice award at last October’s Spooky Fest. Their short film “Lovey Jammers” appeared in February’s Love Fest. It did not win anything.
Jarrod and Tessa both have degrees in Theater from schools you probably haven’t heard of and they’ve both appeared in a few shows in New York that you probably haven’t heard of. Tessa was in a band, Jarrod was not (Tessa: 2, Jarrod: 0). Now Jarrod and Tessa make movies together that you’ve probably heard of.
Jarrod’s favorite flux-themed movie is Peggy Sue Got Married. Tessa’s is Back to the Future. Together, they have a page on the World Wide Web where you can watch things they’ve made together. Here it is: https://vimeo.com/jarrodandtessa.
Jarrod and Tessa
“Primogenesis”, their submission for the inaugural Flux Fest, weaves religious and scientific imagery into a narrative exploring the ethics of survival over space and time.
Lead Actress: Natasha King
Actors: Benjamin Cerf, ChiChi Egbuna
Visual effects director: Mo Caicedo
AD/AC/Sound Mix/Gaffer: Punit Chhabbra
AD: Laura Weyl
Animator : Chris Scherer
Slow Motion Photography: Allen Ferguson
4th Dementia is a grab bag of multitalented filmmakers; small-scale indie film projects, grad school courses, and friends of friends brought this band of sort-of-strangers together to form a cohesive group. Lit Kilpatrick, Phil Henken, and Cale Hughes participated, and to some degree collaborated, in previous “Fest” Festivals. They are joined by production designer Marissa Sher, making her first “Fest Fest” appearance. The excitement of Flux Fest has brought us together, and we are happy to contribute to making the world a weirder place.
Cale Hughes is 4th Dementia’s egomanaiacal writer-director (assuming he does not have a breakdown and pass off the reins.) He previously directed “Seek Harbor” for Spooky Fest.
Lit Kilpatrick is assistant directing as well as directing post-production in coordination with Astral Studio (http://www.astral-studio.com). He’s spent the last year writing, directing, and assistant directing a variety of projects, including a film that appeared in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner. You can find his fledgling website at paxcinematica.com.
Philip Henken is acting cinematographer and pulls double duty as motivational encouragement coach/voice of reason. He’s a filmmaker, editor, writer, and graduate of the New School’s Media Studies MA program currently underemployed on film and television productions. His short “Kill It” will be appearing on the film festival circuit any day now.
Marissa Sher is a production designer with experience creating crazy cool sets, props, and graphics for film and TV shoots. Her portfolio is available at marissasher.com.
Junta Juleil has been producing original works of film and theater since 2004. It was founded and is administrated by Sean Gill, who has been called “an imaginative, experienced playwright/filmmaker…[with] apocalyptic vision” by Papermag, and whose films have been described as “captivating, with a vision and creative flair very much their own” by The New York Theater Review. His films have screened at the Atlanta Film Festival, the Canadian Film Centre, the Anthology Film Archives, the NYC Downtown Shorts Festival, the LES Film Festival, Bideodromo Bilbao, PollyGrind Las Vegas (where he won “Best Transgressive Short”), and dozens of other festivals and venues. He has studied with Werner Herzog and Juan Luis Buñuel, followed public defenders for National Geographic, and was an artist-in-residence at the Bowery Poetry Club from 2011-2012.
“The Everlasting Vintage” is presented in association with The Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble, (Rachel Klein Productions) an award-winning NYC based theatrical dance, movement, and visual storytelling company that have been generating original works since 2007. Rachel Klein’s work with her company has been presented all over the city including at the Kitchen, La MaMa, Theater for the New City, DUMBO Dance Festival, legendary rock ‘n roll club Don Hill’s, Galapagos Art Space, HOWL Festival, and Off-Broadway at the Bleecker Street Theater (45 Bleecker). Nominated for the Innovative Theater Awards for Outstanding Director of a Play and for Outstanding Choreography/Movement (Circus of Circus at the House of Yes), Klein has most recently directed Around the World in 80 Days (where her direction was described as “endlessly clever” by the New York Post and “high-spirited and cheeky” by the New York Daily News), which is currently running Off-Broadway at the New Theater at 45th Street.
When and how did you start working together?
2008 with the theatrical production of Aenigma, written by Sean Gill, directed and produced by Rachel Klein. Following this initial collaboration have been numerous theater collaborations including: Go-Go Killers!, Symphony of Shadows, Stage Blood is Never Enough, and film collaborations the Tragedy of Maria Macabre, Mustache Party, La Enferma, and Girls Before Swine.
Have you participated in any past fests?
Junta Juleil Productions debuted “Growing Boy” at last year’s Spooky Fest, and Junta Juleil and the Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble collaborated on “Girls Before Swine”, which debuted at Love Fest this past February.
What inspired the idea for your film?
Loosely based on the 2012 poem by Sean Gill “I Am a Prosecco Drunk”
What is your favorite time travel film?
Somewhere in Time (1980)
Pocket Storms Productions is Chris Cipriano, Matt Ferrin, James P. Gannon and Joseph K. Gannon. All four were born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania but their creative aspirations eventually lead each of them to Brooklyn, where they all currently reside. After many years of being friends and working together on several film projects they officially formed Pocket Storms in 2012. Pocket Storms has produced two short films so far: Crossbow, written and directed by James P. Gannon and starring Joseph K. Gannon and Chris Cipriano and Terrapin, written by Chris Cipriano and Matt Ferrin, it was directed by Matt and also starred Chris and Joseph. Crossbow was a selection in Southside Film Festival and Terrapin was a selection in the Philip. K. Dick Film Festival. Prior to the official forming of Pocket Storms, James’ short film Cochran screened at many festivals, including SXSW. James and Joseph’s short documentary Three Envelopes was featured on upworthy.com and recieved over 20k views in one day.
This is Pocket Storms first time participating in the ‘Fest’ series. For this project all four of us shared ideas, eventually selecting an idea James came up with. From there we all contributed to the script writing process. The following roles were assumed for our film: Matt Ferrin (co-writer, producer), Chris Cipriano (co-writer, actor), James P. Gannon (story, co-writer, producer, director), Joseph K. Gannon (co-writer, producer). We are all very excited to be part of Flux Fest.
James P. Gannon
Tiny Baby Bad Boys are Brett Glass and Grier Dill. When describing their working relationship, people often say “Brett brings the mayonnaise, mustard, and relish, while Grier brings the bread, lettuce, and tomato.” Somehow, however, when they combine forces, they are able to manifest the turkey. This is their third festival collaboration and it promises to be no less delicious than the last. After obtaining culinary arts certificates, Brett and Grier dedicated their lives to translating the delicate flavors of the kitchen, to the magic of the silver screen. They would like to thank Master Chef Bjorn Benson for his tutelage, but hopes he reconsiders the ban, and returns their emails.
Sunny Day Productions