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Hundreds of Beavers

Directed by Mike Cheslik
Narrative Feature
United States | 108 min | 2022

In this 19th century, no dialogue, supernatural winter epic, a drunken applejack salesman must go from zero to hero and become North America’s greatest fur trapper by defeating hundreds of beavers.

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The Film Stage

It started as a simple, quirky historical footnote: a long-haired, impressively mustachioed twentysomething “saves pinball” by calling his shot in front of a handful of crusty, skeptical politicians. By proving it’s a game of skill, Roger Sharpe helped lift a ban on pinball (a BAN! On PINBALL!) that had been on the books for 35 years in New York City.

Like a cross between Babe Ruth and Moses, Roger set pinball free.

But after talking with Roger for hours, we came to understand a deeper story that had yet to be told. Roger may have saved pinball, but the path he took to get there ultimately rescued him. At its core, this is a coming of age story about the value of taking chances and how commitment can be the most rewarding gamble of all.

As Roger says, “Life is defined by risk: those you take and those you don’t. The ball is gonna drain no matter what, so find what you want and take a shot.”

And, be honest—that mustache is fantastic.

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Hundreds of Beavers | Mike CheslikMike Cheslik

Mike Cheslik is a professional editor and animator. He’s worked for FOX Sports, Nickelodeon, and several Netflix shows. He was also producer, editor, and VFX artist on Lake Michigan Monster, winner of Best Wisconsin Feature at the 2019 Beloit International Film Festival. Hundreds of Beavers is Cheslik’s feature directorial debut.

Film Information

Director: Mike Cheslik
Country: United States
Year: 2022
Language: English
Runtime: 108 min
Rated:  PG-13


Writer: Mike Cheslik, Ryland Brickson Cole Tews
Producers: Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, Matt Sabljak
Music: Chris Ryan, Wayne Tews, De Wolfe Music
Sound: Bobb Barito

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