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Touched With Fire
Directed by
Paul Dalio

USA / 2015 / 101
minutes

East Coast Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:

Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Paul Dalio, Kristina Nikolova
SYNOPSIS:
LIMITED TICKETS are available at UPSTATE FILMS in RHINEBECK for the Rhinebeck screening.

Dedicated to a long list of bi-polar artists, Touched With Fire propels us into the roller coaster lives of Marco and Carla, two young poets drawn to each other's mania. Is it a gift? An illness to be cured? An entry into fierce creativity? Does mania inspire fierce genius, and if so, is it worth the price of the crushing depression that inevitably follows the high? Writer-director Paul Dalio tells his story from the inside-out, using Van Gogh's Starry Night as the backdrop to an alternate reality. Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby strike just the right note as the manic young lovers, and Christine Lahti's Sara is perfect as Carla's mother navigating the difficult terrain between protecting and alienating her daughter. Lighting is used to great effect in this harrowing story of lovers spinning in and out of control and a cameo by Kay Jamison, author of Touched with Fire, the definitive work on creativity and madness, lends even more authenticity.

Barbara Pokras, ACE

BIO:
Paul Dalio studied screenwriting at the NYU Tisch School dramatic writing program for his BA. He received his MFA at the NYU graduate film making program, where he met his wife and collaborator, Kristina Nikolova. He co-wrote and edited her feature Faith Love and Whisky. Touched with Fire is Paul's debut, which he wrote five years after overcoming his own struggles with bipolar disorder.
MAIN CREDITS:
Cast/Featuring: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne, Bruce Altman
Executive Producer(s): Spike Lee
Producer(s): Kristina Nikolova, Jeremy Alter, Jason Sokoloff
Director(s): Paul Dalio
Screenwriter(s): Paul Dalio
Cinematographer(s): Kristina Nikolova, Alexander Stanishev
Editor(s): Paul Dalio, Lee Percy
Production Designer(s): Kay Lee
Composer(s)/Music: Paul Dalio
Sound Designer(s): Brandon Proctor
Courtesy of: Roadside Attractions
 
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