Jason Chaet USA / 2012 / 85 minutes World Premiere
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For some, life is an adventure filled with opportunities to excel and places to explore. For Walter Himmelstein, a young man endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn’t go beyond his family’s fish store and his community on the upper west side of Manhattan. In this heartwarming comedy, Walter’s aspirations of taking over his uncle’s smoked fish emporium are disrupted by the arrival of Sally, who becomes romantically involved with his about-to-retire and very-married uncle. While Walter tries to thwart their romance in order to insure his taking over the business, he finds his circumscribed life thrown off kilter, and after years of being undermined by his family and friends, he finally starts to realize his full potential. With Sally’s help, Walter confronts his fears and proves he is more than a Putzel.
Jason Chaet is a Filmmaker, Theater Director and Acting Teacher based in New York City. He got his start at NYC’s Ensemble Studio Theater, working with playwrights including David Mamet and Arthur Miller. He has scores of theater directing credits in NYC and around the country. Additionally, he has worked for HBO/USCAF and was the Creative Consultant on the film Kissing Jessica Stein. Currently, his short film Remember is screening at festivals around the world.
Cast/Featuring: Jack T. Carpenter, Melanie Lynskey, John Pankow, Susie Essman, Jarlath Conroy, Steve Park, Adrian Martinez, Fran Kranz
Executive Producer(s): Mary Jane Skalski, Jonathan Gray
Producer(s): Rick Moore, Jason Chaet, Sheri Davani, Allegra Cohen
Director(s): Jason Chaet
Screenwriter(s): Rick Moore
Cinematographer(s): Ryan Samul
Editor(s): Federico Rosenzvit
Production Designer(s): Lisa Myers
Composer(s)/Music: Jonathan Benedict and Rob Niederprum
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