The Golden Scallop

The Golden Scallop

The Golden Scallop


Wed Nov 26, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts



Genre:   Comedy
Country:  U.S.
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  83 min.
Director:  Joseph Laraja
Producer:  Michael Boisvert
Website :  N/A

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Synopsis


Every year since 1969 the best three fried fish restaurants in the northeast have competed in the Golden Scallop Championship. The 43rd annual pits a food truck seeking redemption, an aging former champion and a well financed, novelty friendly fish house against each other in the truest test of short order cooking mettle.

Follow the excitement, hilarity, and chaos as “The Golden Scallop” tracks these teams from selection till the glory of victory or the agony of defeat.



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Putzel

Putzel

Putzel


Wed Oct 29, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts



Genre:  Comedy, Jewish
Country:  U.S.
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  R
Runtime:  88 min.
Director:  Jason Chaet
Producer:  Rick Moore, Sheri Davani
Website :  
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Putzel

Synopsis


For some, life is an adventure filled with opportunities to excel, and worlds to explore.

But for Walter Himmelstein, a young man endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn’t go beyond his family’s fish store and his community on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.



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When The King Tilts

When The King Tilts

When The King Tilts


Wed Oct 8, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts



Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Country:  U.S.
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  77 min.
Director:  Drew Britton,
Producer:  Drew Britton, Logan Lark
Website :  N/A

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When The King Tilts

Synopsis


Two women arrive unannounced at a quaint bed and breakfast in hopes of finding a location for next year’s family reunion. The two best friends are greeted by Sam, the owner, informing them he’s closed for the season.

Using their wit, Carol and J.L. convince Sam to stay open a day or two longer, just for them. While getting to know each other Sam expresses his distaste for previous guests who constantly talk about themselves and their pasts.

Carol empathizes with Sam’s weariness and quickly agrees not to talk about herself. Meanwhile, J.L. becomes more and more frustrated with Sam’s guarded personality and secretive life. A whirlwind of hostility, manipulation, and discomfort kicks-up as J.L. begins to suspect her best friend forming an inappropriate bond with Sam.

Through insight and humor, ‘When The King Tilts’ explores obscure hidden corners of the human psyche, namely the many different ways we react when faced with the unknown. Making use of a small handful of characters in a picturesque setting, the film presents a complex conflict spiraling out of control not because of something somebody said, but because of someone saying nothing.



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Date America

Date America

Date America


Buy TicketsFri Feb 27, 2015 – 5:00 PM – Bushel & Peck’s



Genre:  Comedy, Documentary
Country:  U.S.
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  86 min.
Director:  Bob Murray
Producer:  Bob Murray
Website :  N/A

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Date America

Synopsis


It’s a night like any other for a waitress serving at a cocktail party – at first. She tries to do her job as well as possible and would like to supply the live band with drinks to keep the music playing. But she didn’t reckon with the motley crew of party guests that get in her way time and time again, finally pushing her into a state of surreal dismay.

Luckily for her, the band members turn out to be allies rather than additional foes.



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The Other One

The Other One

The Other One


Wed Nov 19, 2015 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Buy TicketsSat Feb 21,2015 – 5:00 PM – Café Fromage

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Genre:  Supernatural, Drama, Spiritual
Country:  U.S.
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  99 min
Director:  Josef Steiff
Producer:  Grace McPhillips, Elizabeth Theiss, Erica Schmeck
Website :  The Other One

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Synopsis


Amber returns to her childhood home to care for her mother, Vera, who has been diagnosed with dementia.

Just three years earlier, Amber lost her husband in a high school shooting where they were both teachers.

Amber survived but still struggles with the loss of her husband and is traumatized by the act of violence. Her strained relationship with her mother only amplifies her stress and depression.

During sleepless nights, Amber begins to discover hidden photos and unopened letters that unleash a dark family secret. A past that still haunts Vera and kept hidden from Amber for her entire life.

Ultimately a story of acceptance and redemption, The Other One is a beautiful and serene film haunted – like each of us is – by the pasts that we embrace, hide from, lie about, and make peace with.



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Amira & Sam

Amira & Sam

Amira & Sam


Wed Oct 1, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

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Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Country:  U.S.
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  R
Runtime: 92 min.
Director:  Sean Mullin
Producer:  Matt Miller, Erich Lochner, Terry Leonard

Website :  Sam and Amira

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Amira & Sam

Synopsis


An army veteran struggles to assimilate back into a country he barely recognizes while trying to win the heart of an Iraqi immigrant teetering on the brink of deportation.

To help adjust to coming home from war, Sam (Martin Starr) takes a stab at stand-up comedy. He also lands a job working for his cousin Charlie’s (Paul Wesley) Wall Street firm.Amira (Dina Shihabi) is an illegal immigrant, living in NYC with her uncle Bassam (Laith Nakli), who was Sam’s former interpreter during the war.

Amira fled Iraq after her brother was killed in a raid by U.S. soldiers. Amira has a run-in with the police while selling pirated DVDs.

She bolts from the cops putting her on the lam from the authorities. Bassam is out of town, so Sam promises to look after her.

Sam and Amira struggle to combat their feelings for each other. They realize that they’re trapped in a society that marginalizes immigrants and veterans, making them outsiders in a country that was founded by immigrants and protected by veterans.

Sam becomes entangled in Charlie’s investment schemes while Amira’s trouble with the law escalates to the point of deportation.

The film builds to a climax and Sam has an epiphany: He’s the one who went off to war, but it’s his country that somehow lost its mind.

Sam decides to save Amira from being deported, but not without risking everything he’s fought so hard to defend.



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Hand and Asha

Hank and Asha

Hank and Asha


Wed Oct 15, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Buy TicketsSat Jan 31, 2015 – 7:30 PM – Ramada 1 Janesville

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Genre:  Comedy
Country:  U.S.
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  G
Runtime:  73 min.
Director:  James E. Duff
Producer:  James E. Duff, Julia Morrison
Website :  Hank and Asha

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Hank and Asha

Synopsis


Asha, born and raised in India, is studying abroad in Prague for a year.

She longs for deeper connections with people, at a time in her life when everything is about to change.

Hank, a filmmaker and lonely new transplant to New York City, is still reeling from a romantic breakup, and facing increasing pressure from his parents to return to North Carolina to rescue the failing family business.

When Asha sees Hank’s documentary at a film festival, she feels inspired to send him a video message.

Intrigued, Hank responds in kind. Their friendship develops through an unconventional video correspondence, and as their relationship intensifies, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face.

Hank and Asha unfolds through the video letters they record and send to each other a modern love story about two people searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world.

t’s about isolation, identity, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life’s what-ifs. “Hank and Asha” celebrates the relationships that have a lasting impact on our lives, whether they last a moment, or a lifetime.



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East Side Sushi

East Side Sushi

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East Side Sushi


Wed Dec 10, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Buy TicketsFri Jan 30, 2015 – 7:30 PM – Ramada Janesville

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Category:  Drama
Country:  USA
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  PG
Runtime:  105 min.
Director:  Anthony Lucero
Producer:  Julie Rubio
Website :  Eastside Sushi

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East Side Sushi

Synopsis


Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast, very fast. She can slice and dice anything you throw at her with great speed and precision.

Forced to give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job, Juana lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. It is there she discovers a new friendship and a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far-removed from everything she has ever known.

While working in the restaurant’s kitchen, Juana secretly observes the sushi chefs and eventually teaches herself to make a multitude of sushi.

Her creativity sparked, Juana’s re-ignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life.

Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the wrong race and gender.

Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.



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Mousse

Mousse

Short Screened before feature film: SALOMEA’S NOSE

Mousse


Wed Dec 3, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Buy TicketsSat Jan 31, 2015 – 5:00 PM – Ramada 2 Janesville

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Genre:  Comedy
Country:  Sweden
Subtitles:  Yes
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  40 min
Director:  John Hellberg
Producer:  N/A
Website :  Mousse

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Synopsis


Mousse is a medium length droll and blackly comic tale of an “honest criminal” and police ineptitude.

Through the enigmatic but engaging lead character Mousse, we are invited to empathies with his position of seeming desperation that leads him to a petty criminal act.

In the face of his existential motivations, we see the real pettiness of contemporary society, where small time gambling and scrambling for small financial rewards battle for supremacy against bigger, ethical issues; where the inanities of a police force that represent the state and authority demonstrate the ridiculous nature of order and control.



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Salomea’s Nose

Salomea's NoseGenre:   Comedy, Drama
Country:   Germany
Subtitles:   No
Rating:   PG
Runtime:   23 min
Director:   Susan Korda
Producer:   Susan Korda, Christine Guenther
Website : N/A
IMDb:  Salomea’s Nose

Synopsis:

Salomea remembers the day her beloved brothers, Max and Karl, disfigured her and themselves for life. The Day of Tragedy, is what their mother called it, and blamed it on the fate of her children. Though fate and tragedy have a different meaning by the end of her tale. A tragicomedy about sibling rivalry, disfigurement and the pain that binds us.



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East Side Sushi

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Category:  Romantic Comedy
Country:  USA
Language:  English
Rating:  PG
Runtime:  95 min.
Director:  Anthony Lucero
Producer:  Julie Rubio

 

 

Synopsis:

Single mom Juana can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the ‘wrong’ race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.
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Mousse

Mousse


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Category:  Comedy
Country:  Sweden
Language:  Swedish
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  40 min.
Director:  John Hellberg
Producer:  N/A

 

 

Synopsis:

Mousse is a medium length droll and blackly comic tale of an “honest criminal” and police ineptitude. Through the enigmatic but engaging lead character Mousse, we are invited to empathies with his position of seeming desperation that leads him to a petty criminal act. In the face of his existential motivations, we see the real pettiness of contemporary society, where small time gambling and scrambling for small financial rewards battle for supremacy against bigger, ethical issues; where the inanities of a police force that represent the state and authority demonstrate the ridiculous nature of order and control.
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The Other One

The Other One


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Country:  US
Language:  English
Rating:  PG
Runtime:  99 min.
Director:  Josef Steiff
Producer:  Grace McPhillips, Elizabeth Theiss, Erica Schmeck

 

 

Synopsis:

Amber returns to her childhood home to care for her mother, Vera, who has been diagnosed with dementia. Just three years earlier, Amber lost her husband in a high school shooting where they were both teachers. Amber survived but still struggles with the loss of her husband and is traumatized by the act of violence. Her strained relationship with her mother only amplifies her stress and depression. During sleepless nights, Amber begins to discover hidden photos and unopened letters that unleash a dark family secret. A past that still haunts Vera and kept hidden from Amber for her entire life. Ultimately a story of acceptance and redemption, The Other One is a beautiful and serene film haunted – like each of us is – by the pasts that we embrace, hide from, lie about, and make peace with.

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Someone You Love

Someone You Love
The HPV Epidemic


Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Category:  Documentary
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  n/a
Runtime:  80 min.
Director:  Frederic Lumiere
Producer:  n/a

 

 

Synopsis:

“I wish the cancer would have killed you!” These are the chilling words of Susie’s husband when he learned that her cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus.

Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship that comes with misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey. The cameras follow Kelly on her epic battle to save her marriage, her career, her family and ultimately, her life.

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Hank and Asha

Hank and Asha


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Category:  Comedy
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  n/a
Runtime:  73 min.
Director:  James E. Duff
Producer:  n/a

 

 

Synopsis:

“In this award-winning romance, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters – two strangers searching for deeper connection in a hyper-connected world.

Before long their online relationship grows intimate as they share hopes and dreams, secrets and confidences, and they must decide whether to take a chance on meeting face to face.

Told with immense charm and played to perfection by Mahira Kakkar (‘Asha’) and Andrew Pastides (‘Hank’), Hank and Asha is an infectiously entertaining and heartwarming look at how new technology is influencing contemporary global relationships.”

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Sam & Amira

Sam & Amira


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Category:  Comedy
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  88 min.
Director:  Sean Mullin
Producer:  n/a

 

 

Synopsis:

An army veteran attempts to assimilate back into a country he barely recognizes while trying to win the heart of an Iraqi immigrant who is on the verge of being deported.

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Food Patriots

Food Patriots
It’s not rude to ask about food


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Category:  Documentary
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  n/a
Runtime:  72 min.
Director:  Jeff Spitz
Producer:  Jennifer Amdur Spitz, Jeff Spitz

 

 

Synopsis:

Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, filmmakers Jeff & Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food, and transform into Food Patriots. Food Patriots features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers.

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When The King Tilts

When The King Tilts


When the King Tilts
Category: Comedy, Drama
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  77 min.
Director:  Drew Britton
Producer: Drew Britton, Logan Lark

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Synopsis:

Two women arrive unannounced at a quaint bed and breakfast in hopes of finding a location for next year’s family reunion. The two best friends are greeted by Sam, the owner, informing them he’s closed for the season. Using their wit, Carol and J.L. convince Sam to stay open a day or two longer, just for them. While getting to know each other Sam expresses his distaste for previous guests who constantly talk about themselves and their pasts. Carol empathizes with Sam’s weariness and quickly agrees not to talk about herself. Meanwhile, J.L. becomes more and more frustrated with Sam’s guarded personality and secretive life. A whirlwind of hostility, manipulation, and discomfort kicks-up as J.L. begins to suspect her best friend forming an inappropriate bond with Sam.

Through insight and humor, ‘When The King Tilts’ explores obscure hidden corners of the human psyche, namely the many different ways we react when faced with the unknown. Making use of a small handful of characters in a picturesque setting, the film presents a complex conflict spiraling out of control not because of something somebody said, but because of someone saying nothing.

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Date America

Date America
8 Dates, 8 States, 1 Road Trip.


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Category:  Comedy / Documentary
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  86 min.
Director:  Bob Murray
Producer:  Bob Murray

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Synopsis:

Wisconsinite Bob Murray finds himself in the awkward position of being a bachelor at 34 while all of his peers are settling down and starting families. Read more

Nightlights

Bushel & Peck’s Local Market

328 State Street, Beloit, WI.

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Drama
USA

Website:  Nightlights
Facebook:  Nightlights Movie
YouTube:  Playon Productions
IMDb:  Nightlights (2012)

Erin Logan lives with and provides for her twin brother Jacob, who is severely affected by autism. After she stumbles into chances for love and friendship, she is forced to confront what it means to have a good life, and whether she can care for her brother and for herself at the same time.

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Putzel

Putzel
Sometimes you have to cross the street to find true love…


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Category:  Comedy | Jewish
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  R
Runtime:  88 min.
Director:  Jason Chaet
Producer:  Rick Moore, Sheri Davani

 

 

Synopsis:

For some, life is an adventure filled with opportunities to excel, and worlds to explore. But for Walter Himmelstein, a young man endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn’t go beyond his family’s fish store and his community on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

 

The Golden Scallop | The movie

The Golden Scallop

The Golden Scallop


The Golden Scallop
Category:  Comedy
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  83 min.
Director:  Joseph Laraja
Producer:  Michael Boisvert

 

 

Synopsis:

Every year since 1969 the best three fried fish restaurants in the northeast have competed in the Golden Scallop Championship. The 43rd annual pits a food truck seeking redemption, an aging former champion and a well financed, novelty friendly fish house against each other in the truest test of short order cooking mettle. Read more