American Side, The Directed
Jenna Ricker USA / 2014 / 104 minutes World Premiere
Spotlight on Women
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Jenna Ricker, Greg Stuhr, Jonathan Shoemaker, Robert Vaughn (Thursday Only), Stephen Henderson, Alicja Bachleda
Ever hear the one about the Polish detective?Ö When Charlie Paczynskiís raven-haired partner is caught in the crossfire of a blackmail scheme gone bad, he trails the prime suspect to the brink of Niagara, only to receive a cryptic warning: Ďwhatís happening here you canít begin to comprehendíÖ Thrust into a world populated by a whiskey-swilling raconteur (Robert Forster), strangely bonded siblings (Matthew Broderick and Camilla Belle), and a dubious government agent (Janeane Garofalo), Paczynski joins the quest for a long-lost design by enigmatic genius, Nikola Tesla. From the eccentric eavesdropper who gives him his first clue (yes! - thatís Robert Vaughn, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) every door Paczynski forces open raises the stakes. Reminiscent of the conspiracy thrillers of the 70ís, complete with a score by David Shire (The Conversation, All the Presidentís Men), and packed with nods to Hitchcock and classic noir, The American Side is a jigsaw puzzle mystery, climaxing under the roar of the Falls as the final piece snaps into place.
Jenna Ricker wrote, directed and produced her first feature film, Ben's Plan. A coming of age drama starring Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief, Pride) and made on a micro-budget, it was awarded Best Drama at the AOF Festival, Distinguished Debut at the London Independent Film Festival, and Jenna was honored with the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker. Originally from California, she moved to New York to study acting at the Tisch School of the Arts. While volunteering as a script reader and working in a commercial production house, she began writing and directing theater. Her first screenplay, The Garage was a quarterfinalist of the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship. Security, her first collaboration with Greg Stuhr, was selected for the IFP's Emerging Narrative Program, and was a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist. She is honored to premiere The American Side at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival.
Cast/Featuring: Greg Stuhr, Matthew Broderick, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Forster, Camilla Belle, Alicja Bachleda, Robert Vaughn, Harris Yulin, Stephen Henderson
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