Tom Quinn USA / 2019 / 73 minutes New York Premiere
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RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Tom Quinn, Karen Allen, Alexandra Byer, Matthew Thurm
SYNOPSIS: Colewell, starring Karen Allen, is a powerful character study of postmistress Nora Pancowski, whose livelihood and sense of community are threatened when officials decide to close her local post office. Nora’s post office is a socializing spot for Colewell’s mostly graying, rural Pennsylvania population; its closure affects not only Nora, but the entire town. Allen’s brilliant portrayal of a reserved, yet resolute woman underscores the importance of our identity, human interaction, and lost time. Although essentially a loner, Nora’s conversations with fellow citizens at work, her endearing friendship with a fellow postal worker, and her interactions with a young footloose woman, who causes Nora to reflect on her own more carefree past, weave a profound story of what makes life worth living. Written and directed by Woodstock Film Festival alum Tom Quinn, Colewell crafts a sensitive and beautiful portrait of an aging woman struggling to hold on and a disappearing life in small town America. —Monique Ray
BIO: Tom Quinn is a Philadelphia-based writer and director. He is a Gotham and Independent Spirit Award nominee for his debut film, The New Year Parade, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance before screening at festivals and venues, including SXSW and MOMA. Tom was listed as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and one of the Ten Young Writer-Directors to Watch by Moviemaker. He was a visual effects producer at DIVE on films including Lawless,Safety Not Guaranteed, and The Chernobyl Diaries. His current film, Colewell, was developed through the Biennale College Cinema, participated in the Sundance Film Music and Sound Design Lab and received a grant from the San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Tom is the program director for Film & Television at Drexel University.
Cast/Featuring: Karen Allen, Kevin J. O'Connor, Hannah Gross, Malachy Cleary, Craig Walker
Executive Producer(s): Cameron Brodie, Catherine Kellner, Jennifer Konawal, Micah Spear, Jenifer Westphal, Joe Plummer
Producer(s): Craig Shilowich, Alexandra Byer, Matthew Thurm, Joshua Blum
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