18 To Party Directed
Jeff Roda USA / 2019 / 80 minutes World Premiere
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Jeff Roda, Emily Ziff Griffin, Nikola Duravcevic, Andrew Cahill, and most of the cast
It’s 1984 and outside a small-town nightclub, a group of 8th graders gather, grappling with a spate of recent suicides, UFO sightings, their absentee parents, and each other. 18 to Party spans a single evening in the lives of these kids, but manages to transport us fully to a time when waiting for something to happen felt just as significant as the thing itself. Gorgeously atmospheric, with a pulsating sense of anticipation that steadily builds, the film pulls us into the fears, wounds and desires of each character, ultimately revealing that hope may arrive from the last place we expect. The meticulously authentic production design, killer soundtrack and universally excellent performances recall the spirit of classic 80s teen movies like Stand By Me and The Breakfast Club.18 To Party is a spot-on love letter to Gen X, awkward teenagers and the transcendent power of friendship. —Gene Fischer
BIO: Jeff Roda has written scripts for DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, New Regency, TriStar, HBO, CBS, and MRC. He did the production rewrite on Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect, and has been named to the Black List three times. He was also a producer on the Sony Pictures Classics feature Love Liza, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. 18 to Party marks his film directorial debut.
Cast/Featuring: Alivia Clark, Tanner Flood, Oliver Gifford, James Freedson-Jackson, Taylor Richardson
Producer(s): Nikola Duravcevic, Emily Ziff Griffin, Andrew Cahill, Stephanie Marin
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