Jason Chaet USA / 2019 / 90
In English, and Spanish with subtitles
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
SAUGERTIES Orpheum Theater
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Jason Chaet, Armando Riesco
David Seneca, portrayed by writer/actor Armando Riesco in an engagingly vulnerable performance, is just another New York City actor for hire, navigating the tedium of auditions and callbacks. Being Puerto Rican, he also has to deal with casting directors seeking Latino stereotypes. To make ends meet, David gives speech lessons to foreigners, all the while mentoring a young protégé whose star is rising. As his childhood mentor battles cancer, his married life breaks down and his homeland is hit with the devastating Hurricane Maria, the frazzled David gets caught in a street fight, captured on video, going viral and turning him into an infamous internet sensation. David must ponder how to move forward.
Collaborating with director Jason Chaet, Riesco has crafted a perceptive, multi-layered screenplay that captures a man at odds with himself and his past. A meditation on personal identity, career and finding your place in a complicated world, there’s immense heart (and humor) at the center of Seneca — while bruised, it's still hopeful. —Jay Blotcher
BIO: Jason Chaet is an award-winning filmmaker, theatre director, producer, editor, and acting teacher, based in New York City. He got his start at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he worked with off-broadway icon Curt Dempster and developed the new work of playwrights, including David Mamet and Arthur Miller. He has a vast array of theater directing credits in NYC and around the country. Jason moved into the world of independent film when he directed the workshops, then served as creative consultant on the award-winning independent film Kissing Jessica Stein. His last feature film Putzel had it’s world premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival, appeared in over fifty film festivals around the world, and was distributed internationally by Filmbuff. Jason is also proud to be a longtime faculty member at AMDA, where he serves as the supervisor of First Semester Acting, Acting for the Camera and Screenwriting.
Cast/Featuring: Armando Riesco, Tony Plana, Susan Misner, Shirley Rumierk, Cote De Pablo
Executive Producer(s): Jonathan Gray, Gary E. Schreiber, Brian Devine, Jerry Pekow, Michael Buttiglieri
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