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     WRATH OF GODS
Iceland, 2006, 85 mins, Color (Language)

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

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Writer & Director: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
Producer: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson, Karolina Lewicka
Co-Producer: Gerald Butler, Jon Armann Steinsson
Original Music: Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson
Editors: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson, Karolina Lewicka
Cast: Andrew Rai Berzins, Gerard Butler, Sturla Gunnarsson, Eric Jordan, Wendy Ord, Daniel Parker, Peter Pedrero, Sarah Polley, Stellan Skarsgard, Paul Stephens

www.wrathofgods.com


AUDIENCE AWARD AND BEST DOCUMENTARY 2007 OXFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

When Canadian director Sturla Gunnarsson and his crew set upon Iceland to film Beowulf & Grendel in 2004, they expected the usual complications involved in making a movie, but what they encountered made them wonder if the Norse gods were actually working against them. It turned out to be the most difficult project any of them had ever been a part of. While filming, the production team faced one disaster after another - the set and vehicle destroying weather, ill-fated pagan blessings and repeated financial crisis. Halfway through the production, the financing had not closed, the film was seriously over budget, and the bonder was alarmed enough to send a representative to Iceland. The entire production was put under intense scrutiny, while the cast and crew were fighting the onslaught of a ruthless Icelandic winter and diminishing daylight. The storm tore roofs of buildings and swept away equipment and Gunnarsson slowly seemed to take the characteristics and physical appearance of a troll as he struggled to fight gigantic obstacles. Two days before the end of principle photography, producer Paul Stephens admitted that it was a "miracle" that they were about to complete the shoot without having to close the 'bank'. The strong determination of the filmmakers was the one thing that seemed to be able to steer this troubled ship through the storms and guide it to harbor.
    --WFF Feature Film Questionnaire, 2nd part from www.wrathofgods.com
Jon Gustafsson
Jon studied filmmaking in Manchester, England, and directing and acting at the California Institute of the Arts. He has directed documentaries, music videos, short films and theatre shows and feature length films in Iceland and Canada. Some of his other projects include the feature film Kanadiana and The Importance of Being Icelandic, several stage shows, music videos and television commercials. Jon was hired to play a small part in the Viking epic Beowulf & Grendel - one of Beowulf's warriors - the one who is always in the background, usually out of focus. That meant he had endless days on the set, with lots of time to kill. He took along a small video camera and started to capture the story that went on behind the scenes.
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          TOLL, THE
USA, 79 mins, Color

MIDWEST PREMIERE

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Director: J. Zachary Pike
Starring: Patrick Montello, John Herman



www.thetollmovie.com

An animated story of a film student who interviews a troll that lives under a bridge.

 
Showings
06/9/07 04:30 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 
06/8/07 04:30 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 


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