Thursday, November 22, 2018

HollyShorts: The Disenchantment of a Young Adult and a Wild Child Cast Interview

Photo Credit: JBN Media

HANNAH ROZE (Hazel, Co-Director, Writer)
A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Drama and a minor in Art History. Short films in which she has appeared have been featured at the New Hampshire Film Festival, the Big Apple Film Fest, and Another Hole in The Head Film Fest. "Haunted", the directorial debut of Katie Ennis (editor, "The Americans") in which Hannah was featured won Best Short Drama at the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in 2015. She made her Off-Broadway debut as Marie in "The Final Days of Vincent Van Gogh." Hannah is currently the Membership Coordinator of The Film Fatales, and was Party Coordinator for the College Group at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She reads tarot, is certified in the use of eight weapons by the Society of American Fight Directors, and lives in Manhattan.

SHANNON SPANGLER (Rachel, Producer, Assistant Writer)
A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a double major in Drama and History. Short films in which she has appeared have won the IndieWork's Audience Choice Award, Best Film at the Seoul International Extreme Short Image & Film Festival, Indie Fest's Award of Merit, and have been featured in festivals such as Cannes, the Female Eye Film Festival, and WorldFest Houston. A production of Red Light Winter she starred in won awards at the International Theatre School Festival in Warsaw, Poland in 2015. She is a meticulous planner (usually color-coded), and avid reader and runner. She also lives in Brooklyn.

A film director and photographer based in New York City. She is a graduate of Colombia University's MFA film program where she concentrated in Directing. Her first short film BEAT, shot guerilla-style on super 8mm film in underground NYC clubs, marked her voice as "bold, mysterious and musically-driven." Her awards include New Line Cinema Award for Best Director for her short film GOD IS GOOD and Best Female Director from Tangerine Entertainment for her directorial debut feature film THE SISTERHOOD OF THE NIGHT (2015) starring Kal Penn, Georgie Henley, Kara Hayward and Olivia DeJonge about teen girls finding their way through the digital age. SISTERHOOD was released theatrically and on all VOD platforms in April 2015. On the day of its theatrical release, The New York Times raved: "Caryn Waechter, the director, is impressive here in her first feature."

RACHEL - THE YOUNG ADULT: (27) is on her way to becoming an elite lawyer. Loyal, sophisticated, organized, and materialistic. The responsible one, armed with a color-coded planner. Her mother taught her the latin names for every species of butterfly. 

HAZEL - THE WILD CHILD: (23) fancies herself a rebel, artist, and photographer. Stubborn, wide-eyed, effervescent with an edge. A Peter Pan complex in studded combat boots and glitter. She inherited her father’s love of Elton John and Star Wars. 

Rachel and Hazel, return to a cheap hotel room, giddy from a night of drinking in the “gothic-art- deco-fairytale-esque” streets of Prague. But the euphoria of the winter nightlife shatters as the two sisters talk. 

The Disenchantment is a tale about the dark side of sisterhood, and about growing up... or not. When aspiring photographer Hazel runs away from a disastrous Christmas and a mother dying of cancer, her lawyer sister Rachel finds her in Prague. Hazel is overjoyed until Rachel's agenda of dragging her home emerges. Their relationship (and Hazel's camera) is shattered. Questions of family obligation, identity, and the price of unconditional love remain unanswered in their disenchantment.

LEAH MEYERHOFF (Executive Producer)
An award winning filmmaker whose debut narrative feature I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS was released theatrically in 2015 after premiering at SXSW, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from Woodstock Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, First Time Fest, Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, NYU and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Meyerhoff's previous work has screened in over 200 film festivals and aired on IFC, PBS, LOGO and MTV. She is a fellow of the IFP Emerging Visions program at the New York Film Festival. Meyerhoff is also the founder of Film Fatales, a female filmmaker collective based in New York with over a dozen local chapters around the world. She hold a BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from NYU Tisch's School of the Arts.

Founders of an independent production company focused on stories, characters, and content driven by the female gaze. Striving for the complex, the dark, the unexpected, they want to revolutionize the modern cinematic experience. Their goal is to bring light to new voices previously unheard and unseen through narrative material. WOF produced THE GOBLIN SONG, an Official Selection of The Sacramento Film & Music Festival, Hollywood Sky Film Festival; and Winner of Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Producing, and Best Cinematography at the First Run Film Festival. WOF were also honored as the Filmmakers of the Year at the SheROCKS 2016 Awards.

VALENTINA CANIGLIA, AIC IMAGO (Director of Photography)
has transcended to the highest levels of modern cinema as one of the foremost recognized cinematographers in the world. Caniglia is known for her work on the film "Pomegranates and Myrrh", which won the Golden Dagger for Best Cinematography and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Other shorts which have won awards and accolades specifically for Valentina’s cinematography include "Shade Of Love" (Hoboken International FF), "Fred Won't Move Out" (AIC IMAGO awards), and the critically acclaimed film "Assolo" described by the world critics to be a movie with “astonishing and elegant cinematography”. Valentina has shot for HBO, Showtime, and Netflix, and made music videos for The Roots. She and her work have been featured in American Cinematographers, IndieWire, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Elle. Valentina is originally from Italy and speaks English, Italian, and Spanish.

Born and raised in the suburbs of NJ, Joanna moved to NYC in 2008 to attend NYU's Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. While at NYU, she received a Faculty Commendation in Editing for her work on several short films. Since 2012, Joanna has been the Lead Editor at Senior Post. While there she edited over 25 short films and worked with clients including Vice, Vevo, Refinery 29, Facebook, Reebok and Elite Daily. Her first feature film, Kate Can't Swim, premiered at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival and was awarded a Jury Honorable Mention in the Narrative Features Category. She also recently edited Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, a comedy special presented by Judd Apatow which will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and be distributed by HBO in the spring. Her greatest professional goal is to work with Roderick Jaynes.

Hannah Roze, Shannon Spangler and Caryn Waechter on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Americo Galli.


The Disenchantment is fully completed and making the film festival rounds before premiering in early 2018.

We wrote this script for ourselves as actors: Young actors without names longing for roles we could be proud of. Female actors wishing for characters defined by more than their looks. Ambitious actors making work as opposed to waiting for it. And talented actors, carrying a film to festivals if given the chance. This film is a piece designed to showcase our energy, femininity, ambition, and talent to audiences around the world: we are taking our careers into our own hands.

Video/Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)
HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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