The Wassaic Project, an artist-run multidisciplinary arts organization in its seventh year, has today announced the full slate for their 2014 Summer Festival. Organized by Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, the project’s director of film, there are four movies screening: “Appropriate Behaviour,” “Fort Tilden,” “Zero Motivation” and a secret feature length midnight movie. Amidst onsite art installations, dance performances, and live music concerts, the films will play August 1-3. There will also be two short film programs curated by “Short of The Week” editors Jason Sondhi and Andrew S. Allen.
Taking place in the refurbished Cattle Auction Ring in the middle of Wassaic and outdoors at night, under the stars, the festival’s film program is committed to “emerging talent and filmmakers.” Desiree Akhavan, who was chosen as The Wassaic Project’s inaugural screenwriting resident this year, will be in attendance to represent her debut feature film “Appropriate Behaviour.” It follows a young Brooklynite, Shirin, struggling to confirm her identity as “an ideal Persian daughter” and a “politically correct bisexual.”
“Fort Tilden” follows Allie and Harper, amidst their quarter-life crises, as they avoid responsibilities while on the brink of looming transitions. Allie struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. Both are confused and don’t really know what’ll happen next, but the beach might be their salvation.
The third film in the program, “Zero Motivation,” was developed at the Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Director’s Labs and won the Nora Ephron Prize this year at The Tribeca Film Festival, for Storytelling. A dark comedy written and directed by Talya Lavie, it depicts the everyday life of a unit of young female Israeli soldiers. In our review, Eric Kohn wrote that the film generates “a radical dimension for its sympathetic focus on women in the same conditions.”
For more information, go to The Wassaic Project’s website.