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Bob and The Trees
Directed by
Diego Ongaro

USA, France / 2015 / 92

New York Premiere

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Q&A Attendees
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Diego Ongaro, Courtney Maum
LIMITED TICKETS are available at ROSENDALE THEATRE for the Rosendale screening.

Bob is a handsome, rugged logger who spends his days either cutting trees in the silent, majestic Massachusetts woods or listening to hardcore rap music and playing golf. But this routine life is rudely interrupted when one of his beloved cows gets brutally wounded and his work suffers a financial blow following a bad business deal. Suddenly Bob finds himself facing some hard decisions. Despite family opposition, the unyielding winter woods ultimately push Bob to do whatever it takes to keep his failing business alive. Just how much is he willing to sacrifice to hold his life together?

Bob and the Trees thrives on ultra-realism. With non-actors portraying fictionalized versions of themselves, debut feature director Diego Ongaro succeeds in getting impressively honest performances from his cast, especially lead Bob Tarasuk, who plays Bob Tarasuk in the film. The arresting Berkshires and slow-building tension add to this story of struggle that pays tribute to a declining population still holding onto their rural dreams.

-Sam Robotham

Diego Ongaro is a French director living in rural western Massachusetts. In 2005, he wrote and directed Me My Bag and My Ball, a short film that won the Canal+ Award at the 2006 Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He has since directed three other short films, Return to Labradoria, Rice and Meat and Bob and Trees, the latest being the inspiration for the feature film bearing the same name. Bob and the Trees , his feature film, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT section, and its international premiere at Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Diego likes carpentry, sausages, playmobils, and raking leaves.
Cast/Featuring: Robert Tarasuk, Matthew Gallagher, Polly McIntyre, Winthrop Barrett, Nathaniel Gregory
Producer(s): Rob Cristiano, Christie Molia
Director(s): Diego Ongaro
Screenwriter(s): Diego Ongaro, Courtney Maum, Sasha Statman Weil
Cinematographer(s): Chris Teague, Danny Vecchione
Editor(s): Benoit Sauvage
Composer(s)/Music: Brian Mc Bride
Sound Designer(s): Julien Ngo Trong
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