Only A Switch Directed
Michael Vincent USA / 2018 / 75 minutes World Premiere
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Michael Vincent, Nigel DeFriez, Chadd Harbold, Larry Fessenden
SYNOPSIS: Only A Switch is an experimental fantasy about two star-crossed lovers who transcend identity, gender and the physical world as we know it in order to be together. After James saves Emily's life in a random mugging on the streets of New York, the two fall deeply in love. Their devotion to each other enrages Emily's abusive father who is determined to keep them apart. The conflict escalates into a violent confrontation, which forces James to flee and seek a drastic transformation through a mystic. Will love triumph in this unlikely romance? Drawing inspiration from distinct cinematic voices such as Georges Méliès, Stan Brakhage and Jonathan Caouette, it is a kaleidoscopic visual feast achieved through inventive digital manipulation, hand-painted film and old-school optical trickery. Tenderly romantic, delightfully weird and fiercely erotic, Only A Switch is not just a film — it is an experience.
BIO: Michael Vincent is an experimental and VR filmmaker working in Austin, Texas, and originally from Annapolis, Maryland. Only A Switch is his first feature film and was included in the IFP Narrative Labs. His short films Dream Girl, The Grass is Greener and Zoe, have all screened at the Woodstock Film Festival. Additionally, he co-edited Invisible a VR experience produced by Doug Liman, and worked for Glass Eye Pix on several of its films, including Most Beautiful Island, I Sell the Dead and The House of the Devil. He wants to thank his grandfather Richard Townsend, who passed away in 2017, for inspiring his passion for film.
Cast/Featuring: Lauren Molina, Helen Rogers, Larry Fessenden, Nigel DeFriez, Robert Olsen
Executive Producer(s): Peter Phok, Jacob Jaffke, Larry Fessenden, Zach Spencer
Producer(s): Chadd Harbold, Jenn Wexler, Kelly Mackey, Michael Vincent
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