AUTOMATIC AT SEA

, | 2016 | 88 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Matthew Lessner

Sunday July 30, 2017

SPECIAL EVENT

$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Matthew Lessner
Produced by David Henry Gerson, Vanessa Gazy, Beatrice von Schwerin

Starring: Breeda Wool
David Henry Gerson
Livia Hiselius
Evan Louison
Malia Scharf

Following the screening Producer/Actor David Henry Gerson and various crew members will answer questions. 

On a whim, Eve (a young Swedish traveler) accepts an invitation from Peter (a wealthy heir) to vacation on his family’s private island off the coast of New England. As a series of unexpected delays prevent other guests from arriving, Eve discovers that she has little in common with the increasingly erratic Peter and that something is not quite right on this mysterious island. Gradually the idyllic natural beauty of her surroundings dissolves, and Eve finds herself trapped in an unstable reality punctuated by feverish visions, dimensional shifting and secret pizza.

The film was shot on the Vineyard with a team consisting of many local artists, designers, builders, boatsmen, and filmmakers. Directed by Sundance award-winning director Matthew Lessner, and produced by myself. While the film is a psychological thriller, our aim was to capture the mystery, mysticism and beauty that I knew of the island from growing up there in the summers. 

David Henry Gerson is a Student Academy Award® winning filmmaker whose work has also won prizes at Sundance and other international festivals. Born and raised in Washington DC, he is a graduate of Columbia University and the American Film Institute. He is the recipient of the AFI 2016 Richard P. Rodgers Award for Creative Excellence. His AFI thesis film, ALL THESE VOICES, won the 2016 Student Academy Award®. His short film, AMERICAN STANDARD, (“Dynamite!” – Abel Ferrara, “Truly excellent” – John Patrick Shanley) about a US Veteran returning home to his undocumented immigrant girlfriend aired on the American Forces Network at every US military base around the world. His film ULTRA VIOLET FOR SIXTEEN MINUTES, a documentary about the late Ultra Violet – Salvador Dali’s Mistress, Andy Warhol’s muse, and a born-again Mormon – was acquired into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY.  David has worked in Film, TV, and on Stage with David Mamet, James Lapine, and opposite Al Pacino. He trained as an actor at the British American Drama Academy in London, as well as in the Method and Meisner techniques in NY and LA.  He produced and starred in Matthew Lessner’s short film CHAPEL PERILOUS, which won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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"The quintessential existential horror film" - Don Simpson, Hammer to Nail 

"Contemplative, dreamlike, and even poetic" - Peter Belsito, IndiWire 

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