Wassaic Project 2014 Summer Film FestivalNarrative Feature Section includes: APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, FORT TILDEN, ZERO MOTIVATION & surprise Midnight Movie; Short Film Program features new partnership with SHORT OF THE WEEK.  Inaugural Screening Residency Fellow Desiree Akhavan to be honored at the 7th Annual Festival, August 1-3

Wassaic, N.Y. - The Wassaic Project, an artist-run multidisciplinary arts organization in its seventh year, is proud to announce its 2014 film festival selections, which highlights the best contemporary emerging filmmakers in international and American independent cinema.  New to the festival this year is a first of its kind partnership with Short of the Week as well as a surprise Midnight Movie. Located in the Maxon Mills, Luther Barn and sprawling fields of the hamlet of Wassaic, New York, The Wassaic Project Summer Festival - a FREE multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, film, dance, food, and community will take place from August 1-3, 2014.

Each year, the Summer Festival provides attendees the opportunity to escape the confines of traditional cultural spaces and focus their attention on site-specific installations. Attendees are encouraged to engage with the art, artists, local residents, and other New Yorkers who have come to exchange ideas and learn. Above all else, Wassaic is a thriving and inclusive community.

This year's Festival features the Wassaic Project's seventh annual Summer Exhibition and will bring together works by over 70 artists, feature live music by more than 20 bands, dance performances, short and feature film screenings,
and much more.

The 2014 Film Festival, organized by The Wassaic Project's
Director of Film, Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, takes place both in the refurbished Cattle Auction Ring in the middle of Wassaic and outdoors at night, under the stars. The program includes a feature film each night of the festival, as well as a surprise, outdoor midnight movie.  The festival is honored to newly partner with Jason Sondhi and Andrew S. Allen from the innovative and popular short film site SHORT OF THE WEEK.  The duo will curate two short film programs & discuss the state of short films today.

The festival's film program has centered on emerging talent and filmmakers and continues in that vein this year.  Desiree Akhavan will be in attendance to represent her debut feature film, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR. Desiree was chosen as
The Wassaic Project's inaugural screenwriting resident this year and has been invited up to Wassaic for a month to write her second feature. The third film in the program, ZERO MOTIVATION, by Talya Lavie, 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.

Last year's Wassaic Film Program was proud to have invited 50 percent female directors to the festival and this year our feature film program lineupis 60 percent female directors with female leads at the center of each film. These films will be shown during the Summer Festival, amidst onsite art
installations, dance performances, and live music concerts-all set in the spectacular landscape of the Hudson Valley.

Past festival guest speakers have included guests Mike Birbiglia (SLEEPWALK WITH ME), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley, Freaks & Geeks), and notable alumni films include SHORT TERM 12 (Indie Spirit Award Winner), GOD OF LOVE (Academy Award winner), THE CHAIR (SXSW Winner) and FISHING WITHOUT NETS (Sundance Winner).

Please find below the full line-up for the 2014 Summer Festival listing of feature films.

Appropriate Behavior / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Desiree Akhavan) - Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip, young Brooklynite, but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold on to can be a lonely
experience. Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong, Arian Moayed.

Fort Tilden / U.S.A (Sarah Violet-Bliss and Charles Rogers)  - Amidst quarter-life crises, Allie struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper awaits checks from her father to
fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day and board their bikes and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they're going nor how they plan to get there.  Cast: 
Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Neil Casey, Alysia Reiner, Will Hines, Peter Vack, Max Jenkins, John Early Zero Motivation / Israel (Talya Lavie) - A dark comedy about everyday life for a unit of young female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of
characters, who bide their time pushing paper, battling for the top score in Minesweeper, and counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment-from friendship to love and country-are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit.  Cast: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein, Heli Twito, Meytal Gal, Tamara Klingon, Yonit Tobi, Yuval Segal, Elad Scemama.  In Hebrew with subtitles.


The Wassaic Project is an incubator for emerging artists located in the historic hamlet of Wassaic, NY, offering programs that both create a community that supports art and use art as a force for strengthening the surrounding community. Programming includes an annual Exhibition showcasing emerging artists in the Maxon Mills, a repurposed seven-story grain elevator; The Wassaic Artist Residency Program bringing artists to the Wassaic community to live and work; an annual Summer Festival with curated art, music, dance and film; a Last Saturdays series offering free monthly art events to the public; and Education programs bringing professional artists into local public schools and inviting these children to the exhibition space to explore, discuss and create contemporary art.


Maxon Mills and The Luther Barn are located within walking
distance from Metro North's Wassaic station - the last stop on the Harlem Line.

For schedules and fares, visit the MTA's website at http://mta.info/index.html.


Visitors to the 2014 Wassaic Project Summer Festival are invited to camp at the Wassaic Project on the Luther Barn field. Tickets for the entire weekend can be purchased online in advance for $40 or onsite during the Festival for $60. No camping equipment will be provided at the site. Please
note that only gas camping stoves are permitted at the camping grounds.

For more information on the Wassaic Project's 2011 Summer Festival and its year-round programming, visit www.wassaicproject.org or contact info@wassaicproject.org.

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