7:00pm Wed Oct 17 "Balian (The Healer)" 6:00pm Meet n' Greet Reception With Director: Daniel McGuire 7:00pm Film and Q&A BALIAN (The Healer) depicts the rise and fall of a traditional Balinese healer after being 'discovered' by Western tourists. A fable of globalization that Alan Berliner calls 'a magical portrait of a one-of-a-kind Indonesian trickster/healer...It’s funny, too.”
Director Biography - Daniel McGuire Daniel McGuire is the director of BALIAN (THE HEALER) (2017), a film Alan Berliner called "A magical portrait of a one-of-a-kind Indonesian trickster/healer." Dan's short documentary DUNK TANK CLOWNS (2014) screened at DOCNYC. It won Best Documentary at the Coney Island Film Festival and Audience Award at the New England Online Film Festival. His first feature, CRASH COURSE: THE INDONESIAN STUDENT REVOLT (1999) was funded in part by the Open Society Foundation. He was formerly a correspondent for ABC news in Indonesia, and has worked as a field producer for most major news outlets. He has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MA from Northern Illinois University, and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is married to Dr. Injil Abu Bakar and has two daughters.
7:00pm Wed Oct 31 HALLOWEEN THRILLER "Long Lost" 6:00pm Meet n' Greet Reception With CT's Very Own ( Kenneth Branagh) Writer, Director, Producer and Actor: Erik Bloomquist, Cast & Crew Members 7:00pm Film And Q&A When Seth receives a mysterious letter inviting him to spend the weekend at a secluded mansion in the country, he soon realizes the people inside the house may know him better than he knows himself. Long Lost was shot entirely in Greenwich, CT and is writer/director (and Connecticut native) Erik Bloomquist's debut feature. We hope that, like our protagonist, audiences are consistently caught in an uncanny paralysis as they work to decipher intent, rationale, and reality - all the while deriving some twisted little pleasures from the movie's pitch black eccentricities.
Director Biography - Erik Bloomquist Erik Bloomquist is a two-time New England Emmy® Award winner (Outstanding Director and Outstanding Writer), eight-time nominee, and Top 200 Director on HBO's Project Greenlight. His nationally syndicated television series, The Cobblestone Corridor (for which Erik served as creator, showrunner, writer, director, and lead actor) is the winner of three New England Emmy® Awards and recipient of nine nominations. His critically acclaimed short films have played internationally on television (Crypt TV, Shorts HD), at festivals, and on demand.
Theatrically, Erik has directed at prominent regional and educational institutions across the country including Ivoryton Playhouse, Ozark Actors Theatre, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Clark University, and Trinity College. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, his stage acting credits include the American premiere of Calendar Girls at the Ivoryton Playhouse and the world premiere of Rear Window at Hartford Stage (starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Darko Tresnjak).
Erik has served as adjunct Faculty at Trinity College, Artist-in-Residence at Avon Old Farms School, and Visiting Artist at Miss Porter's School and St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton, FL (where he delivered his TEDx talk, "A Structured Improvisation"). His critically lauded horror short, She Came from the Woods, is currently playing film festivals internationally.
7:00pm Wed Nov 7 "Lobster Wars" 6:00pm Meet n' Greet Reception With Filmmaker: David Abel - Complimentary Wine & Snacks 7:00pm Film and Q&A
LOBSTER WAR is a feature-length film about a climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty.
Director Biography - David Abel E17627622f headshot David Abel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covers fisheries and environmental issues for The Boston Globe. Abel’s work has also won an Edward R. Murrow Award, the Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Reporting. He co-directed and produced “Sacred Cod,” a film about the collapse of the iconic cod fishery in New England, which was broadcast by the Discovery Channel in the spring of 2017. He also directed and produced two films about the Boston Marathon bombings, which were broadcast to national and international audiences, on BBC World News, Discovery Life, and Pivot. His last film, “Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys,” is now being screened at film festivals around the country. Abel is the film’s director, producer, and co-director of photography.