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     AGAINST THE CURRENT
U.S.A., 2008, 98 mins, Color (Sexual Content, Adult Content, Language)

MIDWEST PREMIERE

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Director/Screenwriter: Peter Callahan
Executive Producers: Jonathan Gray, Miranda Bailey, Matthew Leutwyler
Producers: Joshua Zeman, Mary Jane Skalski
Co-Producers: Wouter Barendrecht & Michael J. Werner
Co-Executive Producers: Zachary Mortensen, Richard Bever & Tamer Howard
Associate Producers: Edith Mehiel, Charlie HofheimerCinematographer: Sean Kirby
Editor: Michael Taylor
Music: Anton Sanko
Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Mary Tyler Moore, Michelle Trachtenbergh

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OFFICIAL SELECTION 2009 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Paul Thompson (Joseph Fiennes), a financial writer struggling with a tragic past, decides to do something special and unique to distinguish himself. Having always wanted to swim the 150 miles of the lower Hudson River, he recruits his best friend, Jeff (Justin Kirk), and new acquaintance, Liz (Elizabeth Reaser), to accompany him on a physical and emotional journey exploring friendship, grief, and how we cope when what we lose is greater than what life has to offer. Beautifully nuanced and restrained, Against the Current swells with friendship and human folly. Playful dialogue entices as smart writing and stellar performances immediately immerse us in the unfulfilled lives of these three characters: a profoundly sad man, a failed actor in an unhappy marriage, and a woman yearning for more while dealing with the pressures of dealing with her mother (Mary Tyler Moore). The simplicity of this well-crafted narrative is what makes it so beautiful. We can't always understand the decisions others make, but writer/director Peter Callahan adeptly illustrates the intensely complicated dynamics of human relationships and just how far we're willing to go to support those we love.
    --Courtesy of 2009 Sundance Film Festival
Peter Callahan
Peter Callahan was born and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. A high school dropout, he drove a taxi for several years before returning to school, eventually earning a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Moving to Los Angeles, Callahan optioned several screenplays to Hollywood studios before returning to his hometown to write and direct the independent feature Last Ball in 2001. The film had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival and its international premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where it was the sole U.S. film selected to compete in their prestigious New Director's competition. Last Ball went on to screen at Festivals in over 20 countries around the world and won several awards.
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          FOOBIE JESUS
U.S.A., 2006, 7 mins, Color (Family Friendly)

MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Katharine Leis

www.foobiejesus.com

A woman in Florida is increasingly perplexed as she receives signs from above that her cat, Foobie, might be Jesus.

 
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06/12/09 11:30 AMVenue 1 (SYS)
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06/14/09 04:30 PMVenue 1 (SYS)
Saugatuck Yacht Services
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