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Based on the wild story of a teen drug trafficker who rocked headlines in 1984, The Preppie Connection is a true crime caper starring Thomas Mann (from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).

Toby is a blue-collar scholarship student at an elite boarding school who finds an “in” with the cool crowd by supplying them with cocaine.

But things spiral out of control when Toby goes from small-time dealer to international drug trafficker, culminating in a trip to Colombia and a daring deal with a cartel.

Capturing the music, the style, and the “greed is good” ethos of the 1980s, The Preppie Connection is a stranger than fiction look at the price of popularity.

This is director Joseph Castelo’s third feature. It premiered at the 2015 Hamptons Int’l Film Festival and is being released by IFC Films March 18. Joseph joins us now with our live audience at the Refilmery Series in Soho New York.

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Trailer

The Preppie Connection

IMDb »
97-min | Crime, Drama | 18 March 2016 | USA
Director: Joseph Castelo
Writers: Joseph Castelo, Ashley Rudden

CAST
Lucy Fry … Alex Hayes
Thomas Mann … Tobias Hammel
Sam Page … Mr. Jennings
Bill Sage … Mike Hammel
Logan Huffman … Ellis Tynes
Amy Hargreaves … Ingrid

SYNOPSIS
Based on the wild story of a teen drug trafficker who rocked headlines in 1984, this true crime caper stars Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Toby, a blue-collar scholarship student at an elite boarding school who finds an in with the cool crowd by supplying them with cocaine. But things spiral out of control when Toby goes from small-time dealer to international drug trafficker, culminating in a trip to Colombia and a daring deal with a cartel. Capturing the music, style, “greed is good” ethos of the 1980s, The Preppie Connection is a stranger than fiction look at the price of popularity.

About the Director

JOSEPH CASTELO – DIRECTOR // PRODUCER

Castelo recently directed his third feature, THE PREPPIE CONNECTION, which premiered at the 2015 Hamptons Int’l Film Festival and will be released by IFC Films March of 2016.

Castelo co-wrote and directed THE WAR WITHIN, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. THE WAR WITHIN was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor) and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture. It was distributed by Magnolia Pictures.

Castelo has an MFA in Film from Columbia University. While in film school, he wrote and directed AMERICAN SAINT, starring Kevin Corrigan and Vincent Schiavelli.

Joseph Castelo on IMDb »

Event Photos

The Preppie Connection at the Refilmery Series. Photo by Thi Ho.

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Press

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