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Tested, The
Directed by
Russell Costanzo

USA / 2010 / 99

World Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
10/01/2010, 7:15PM
10/03/2010, 5:30PM
Set against the backdrop of a gritty, urban New York City, “The Tested” is a powerful document of life on the street and how people struggle to get by. Following the lives of three people all affected by one tragedy, Russell Costanzo’s film is a gripping and unabashed portrayal of what can happen when youth culture clashes with authority.

Unwilling to shy away from asking difficult questions and refusing to sugar coat the reality of its characters' lives, “The Tested” is brutal and tender, unsparing and compassionate. It is a truly engrossing film to watch, helped in no small part by terrific performances from all three leads, including Michael Morris Jr. making his feature debut. (Jacob Brades)

Russell Costanzo attended NYU, where he started script reading for USA Films and Lions Gate Films. Soon thereafter, he wrote/directed numerous short films that set him apart as a director to watch, including the award-winning telemarketing comedy "Cold Call," "The Wedding Bout" starring ESPN's Max Kellerman and "Jeffrey," a genre-busting film about OCD that resonated with audiences for its unique sensibility.

After having his script "Crashers" optioned, Costanzo shot a short version of "The Tested," which won Top Prize at the prestigious Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and debuted on BET. "The Tested" was then chosen to participate in the IFP Filmmaker Lab and Emerging Narratives at IFP Film Week. Costanzo is currently in development on his next feature, "Broken Smile," a dramedy about sibling rivalry, as well as a TV series about the Russian Mob.

Cast/Featuring: Aunjanue Ellis, Armando Riesco, Michael Morris Jr., Nathan Corbett, Tobias Truvillion, Annie Parisse, Frank Vincent
Executive Producer(s): W. Michael Weinstein, Steven Prigge, Ray Javdan
Producer(s): Melissa B. Miller
Director(s): Russell Costanzo
Screenwriter(s): Russell Costanzo
Cinematographer(s): Chris Scarafile
Editor(s): Michael Taylor, Russell Costanzo
Composer(s)/Music: Michael Damon
Sound Editor(s): Eric Offin, Jeff Formosa




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