Paul Starkman USA / 2018 / 80 minutes World Premiere
Times and Venues:
Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Paul Starkman, Arnstar, Joshua Boone, Jamin O'Brian, Neal Usatin
19-year-old Max longs to be a DJ. But in order to provide for his sick grandmother, he has dropped out of high school and is working at a supermarket and DJing parties for Oscar, a neighborhood thug, as he struggles to make ends meet. Monty, a popular underground DJ, sees Max's potential and pushes him to take DJing more seriously. Holding on to his dream, Max stashes away every spare cent to buy his own turntables. When his brother, Terry, shows up after a three-year prison stint for stealing cars, Max finds himself at a crossroads between trust, obligation and pursuing his dream. Shot in gorgeous black and white, with exhilarating backbeats, Wheels is a powerful ride; an earnest story with a magnetic young lead. We all have a dream until life gets in the way, but this Rocky-style underdog story shows us the importance of staying true to yourself and your art, no matter the adversity.—Evan Thomas
BIO: Paul Starkman, a Brooklyn-based film and television director, is a graduate of the AFI Cinematography program. Starkman quickly worked his way up from camera operator on MTV's The Real World to DP of America's Next Top Model. In 2006, Starkman began shooting finales for Project Runway and was soon directing for the program, which led to his first Emmy nomination. He joined Bravo's hit Top Chef, directing for seven seasons. In 2007, Starkman wrote and directed The Tree, a short film that told the story of one man looking for shade on a treeless block in Brooklyn. Other credits include Ink Master, The Glee Project 2, Work of Art, and Nailed it!. Wheels is his first feature film.
Cast/Featuring: Sean Arnstar Kirkland, Joshua Boone, Shyrley Rodriguez, Ioan Delice, Kareem Savinon
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