Refilmery’s monthly Refilmery Series hosts an intimate screening of an original feature film in our exclusive 24-seat theatre, including a Q&A with the director and time for complimentary beer, popcorn, and networking.
This month we are hosting Graceland by Writer/Director Ron Morales and Producer Rebecca Lundgren.
Screening: 84-min | Crime Thriller
Interview with writer/director Ron Morales & producer Rebecca Lundgren
Date: 6:30pm Wednesday 30 September 2015
Address: 69 Charlton St, New York, NY 10014
SYNOPSIS: In this unpredictable and tightly-paced thriller, family man Marlon Villar — a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango — is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he is ambushed while driving both his boss’s and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon’s daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect without letting on the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events spin wildly out of control, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.
About the Director
Having worked for more than a decade in the film industry, Ron Morales has found his voice as a director by blending his love for exciting and unique narratives with an emphasis on expressing well-rounded and naturalistic characters. After receiving a degree in photography from The Parson School of Design, Ron continued on to New York University and graduated with a BFA in Film. At the age of twenty-nine, Ron directed his award-winning debut feature film SANTA MESA (starring Oscar-winner Melissa Leo). For his sophomore feature film GRACELAND Ron won an audience award from Tribeca Film Festival 2012, Best Narrative Feature Award from San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012, and received the Indie Tribute – Indie Bravo! at the 3rd Philippine Daily Inquirer 2012. GRACELAND was one of five films shortlisted for Academy Award “Best Foreign Film” at the Academy of the Philippines. Drafthouse Films acquired the film in September 2012 to be released in the theaters and on video on demand 2013.
About the Producer
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Rebecca Lundgren comes from the world of performing arts. She has held administrative positions in departments such as production, marketing, finance, development, and education at The Dance Theater Workshop, New York Foundation of the Arts, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Gina Gibney Dance, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and The Paul Taylor Dance Company. Prior to her work on Graceland, Rebecca graduated Magna cum Laude in Dance from Mount Holyoke College in 2006, and received her M.A. in Performing Arts Administration from New York University in 2010.
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Interesting. Synopsis to Graceland (the only one I read) is a little trite using hackneyed phrases. And you should mention that it premiered at Tribeca (very prestigious), has a great US Distributor (Drafthouse) and international sales representation with Circus Road.
Thanks Sydney – hope to see you at our next screening Dec 3rd.