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Ash
Directed by
Andrew Huculiak

Canada / 2019 / 104
minutes

US Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Playhouse
10/4/2019, 3:30PM
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RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
10/5/2019, 4:00PM
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Andrew Huculiak, Amber Ripley
SYNOPSIS:
In the Canadian province of British Columbia, wildfires are raging. Daredevil journalist Stan Hurst (Hudson Valley’s Tim Guinee) is covering the devastation, repeatedly placing himself in danger. But the mammoth fires are dwarfed by the personal demons that Hurst is fighting within. When the authorities discover his dark and repellent secret, Hurst and his wife Gail (Chelah Horsdal, The Man In The High Castle) must suddenly confront a truth that will destroy their lives.

Ash is a powerful and unforgiving drama about transgression and redemption by award-winning director Andrew Huculiak. At its heart is a raw, emotionally naked performance by veteran actor Guinee, complemented by the extraordinary camera work of cinematographer Joseph Schweers, who shot the film amidst the Canadian wildfires in real time, giving it a surreal, apocalyptic feeling. This is a cinematic experience that will remain with you for days to come.—Jay Blotcher

BIO:
Andrew Huculiak is a twenty-nine year-old filmmaker who is no stranger to taking chances. Violent, his first film, was shot in Norway with co-creators Amazing Factory and mostly in Norwegian—a language none of them spoke. Lauded by Hollywood Reporter for hurling a brick for Canadian newcomers, Violent made waves on the international film circuit where it was awarded with nineteen awards (including Best Canadian Film at VIFF and Best Motion Picture at the Leos) and selected to play at international film festivals in Karlovy Vary, San Sebastián, Canada’s Top 10 by TIFF, Amiens, Los Cabos and more. With their next film Ash, Andrew and the rest of the filmmakers behind Violent brought the production home to Peachland, British Columbia to film a new story that explores both the edges of possibility and the edges of empathy. Fuelled by creative risk, the crew set out to capture real-life wildfires during BC’s worst fire season in recorded history to be the backdrop of a similarly devastating and challenging true story. Combining guerrilla filmmaking with more traditional methods, the film took shape on the precipice of disaster.
MAIN CREDITS:
Cast/Featuring: Tim Guinee, Chelah Horsdal
Executive Producer(s): Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss, Brent Hodge, Conrad Whelan
Producer(s): Amber Ripley, Josh Huculiak
Director(s): Andrew Huculiak
Screenwriter(s): Andrew Huculiak,
Cinematographer(s): Joseph Schweers
Editor(s): Joseph Schweers
Production Designer(s): Cayne McKenzie
Composer(s)/Music: Cayne McKenzie
Sound Designer(s): Miguel Nunes

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