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VO DEMO (Commercial) - Brian Avers
(88 mins ) . . . (TV-MA, mature language)
directed by Brian Avers & created by the Company
Summer campers reunite for a getaway weekend, and a last chance to say goodbye. . .
This "hilarious, disarming & realistic" indie comedy was shot in real time over 3 1/2 days, with a fantastic cast of NYC actors & improvisers. Come see your friends!
“Avers & company hit a note of playful confidence, with a vibe of real-life controlled chaos… Genuinely disarming & clever - strong performances!” – Andrew Lapin, The Dissolve
"Funny, realistic - like I was reliving it!"
"Took me back to camp. . . "
“A charming, hilarious movie that will have audiences retelling their own stories as soon as the credits are done. Realistic, honest & hilarious!” - Kelley Cantrell, MovieGeek
"One of the most realistic depictions of reuniting friends I've seen - I LOVED The Weekend!"
"One of the best indies I've seen in years!"
"An indie film gem!!"
* viewer reviews
& Jeremy Rishe
exec producer: Michael Izquierdo | editor: Benjamin Stauffer | sound op: Joseph Morales | post sound: Evan Spear
original music: Tim Blane | director of photography: Michael Izquierdo & Craig DiFolco | graphic design: Derrek Coss
associate producers: Krystel Lucas & Katie Meister | contributing music: Ben Carroll | second editor: Ana Veselic
THE CAST . . .
CARSON ELROD (Cola) . . . An award-winning comedic actor, writer, activist & co-founder of #BeAnArtsHero & #FairWageOnStage , Carson has memorably performed on TV (The Good Fight, 30 Rock, High Maintenance), film (Kissing Jessica Stein, Wedding Crashers), countless stage productions on and off-Broadway (Peter & the Starcatcher, Noises Off, Reckless, Explorer's Club, All in the Timing), and as a regular improviser with UCB's Gravid Water.
JULIE SHARBUTT (Lulu) . . . A prolific writer, director, producer, actor & improviser, Julie's comedy writing most recently appeared in The New Yorker, Shouts & Murmurs & McSweeney's - her powerful short film 3 Days toured the country in numerous film festivals; she recently won several screenwriting honors & regularly performs with UCB in LA and NYC. Member of Femmes Fatales, Alliance of Women Directors & Women in Film.
BHAVESH PATEL (Teddy) . . . A magnificent actor, Bhavesh has performed on & off Broadway, in War Horse, Midsummer Night's Dream at the Public, Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink at Roundabout, and opppsite Kevin Kline as Roland Maule in the B'way revival of Present Laughter. On TV, he recurred memorably in Season 5 of The Good Wife, along with episodes of Bull, Law & Order: SVU, Instinct, New Amsterdam, Madame Secretary, Elementary and more.
AMBER GRAY (Maggie) . . . A celebrated Broadway actor & singer, Amber was nominated for Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Circle & Lucille Lortel Awards for her Broadway performances in Hadestown, and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - winning the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album for Hadestown, and winner of the 2022 Bayfield Award for her work as Banquo in Broadway's MacBeth (opp Ruth Negga & Daniel Craig). TV appearances include Ms. Guidance, The Underground Railroad, and Bull - films include thriller Master, opposite Regina King.
HEATHER LIND (Victoire) . . . Known for lead roles on AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies & HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Heather's an accomplished actress, starring as Desdemona in Othello at the Public's Shakespeare in the Park, The Nap at Manhattan Theater Club, and Merchant of Venice opposite Al Pacino. With a number of TV & film appearances, Heather appears in Sunnyside's The Last Day of August and was actor-producer of drama feature Fireworkers, co-starring sister Christina Lind.
DAVID ROSS (Hallsey) . . . A subversively brilliant comic writer, director, actor & improviser, David created the hilarious Ben & David with Ben Huber, also writing & directing Every Guy You Meet on Tinder, V-Day and Connection Unavailable - his comedy has appeared in the LA Times, Daily Beast's Top 5 Videos, Backstage, and on the Today Show! Short film People Are Becoming Clouds was screened at the Toronto Film Festival and for The New Yorker.
STACEY YEN (Sophia) . . . With numerous appearances on TV (Ugly Betty, Rubicon, Law & Order SVU, CSI NY, Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, Nurse Jackie, Treme, The Blacklist, Mdm Secretary, Elementary, High Maintenance) Stacey's also a teacher, activist and prolific stage actor, appearing at the Goodman Theater, Ars Nova, ACT, Clubbed Thumb, Huntington Theater Co, Hartford Stage, The Public Theater, and Miles for Mary with the Mad Ones.
JOE PAULIK (Dan) . . . A uniquely gifted actor with appearances on Broadway opposite Bryan Cranston in Network, and numerous theaters including Williamstown, Westport, Huntington, Playwrights Horizons & The Guthrie, with recent favorites The Public Theater's Timon of Athens, Signature Theater's Love and Money, and Pearl Theater's Stupid F*cking Bird. Member of sketch group Get to the Chopper, Joe's also created two one man shows, Time Man and Me & the Moon.
GRETCHEN HALL (Alice) . . . Gretchen's radiant performances have been seen on & off Broadway, overseas with The Continuum Company, and around the country: at ACT, The Old Globe, Shakepeare Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Arena Stage, CenterStage, Theater Calgary, Westport Country Playhouse and the Hangar - to name a few. TV credits include The Path, Blacklist, Person of Interest, Elementary, Lipstick Jungle, Louie, Gossip Girl and more.
VAYU O'DONNELL ("Gandhi") . . . A dynamic actor, singer, writer & producer, Vayu's work has been seen on Broadway (Man and Boy), at Lincoln Center (Golden Boy), off-Broadway (Ars Nova, Ohio Theater, Bleecker Street, New Dramatists & more) and around the country at Williamstown, Shakespeare DC, Yale Rep & more; Vayu created, co-wrote and starred in mini-series 80/20, and recently starred in the celebrated indie Survival Skills.
STACEY LINNARTZ (Charlotte) . . . Stacey's intelligence & grace is palpable in all of her work - as an actor, director, writer, producer & teacher - with notable performances in theater (The Public, Barrow Group, Ohio Theater, La Mama and Wheelhouse''s Life Sucks), film (Winter's Choice, Life to the Lees, Last 48), and web series (First World Problem, Couples). Co-founder of Kids Creative Collective and Saint Sarah Productions.
... and JEREMY RISHE (as "Uncle Max") . . . A dynamic, hilarious actor, writer & creative producer, Jeremy's performed in TV's Ray James, Blue Bloods, Madame Secretary, Elementary, Good Wife, Off-Broadway's The Sabbath Girl, Jewtopia, As Soon As You're Born (They Make You Feel Small) (writer), web series First World Problem (writer, producer), and Jewtah, a wild & wooly indie created & produced in Jeremy's beautiful home state ... of Utah.
Watch SHORT TEASER ... "Max on Sax"
SNEAK PEEK ... Scenes from Friday Night
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