Things I Don't Understand
Director: David Spaltro
Producer: David Spaltro, Sandra Longo, and Lee Gillentine
Writer: David Spaltro
Cinematographer: Gus Sacks
Editor: David Spaltro
Production Designer: Emmeline Wilks Dupoise
Saturday, September 28th 3;30 p.m.
Web Site: http://www.tidu-film.com
(Writer-Director-Producer) grew up in Jersey City, NJ across the Hudson from NYC and graduated with a BFA in Directing at the School of Visual Arts in 2005. After a few years of traveling abroad and working as an editor he wrote, directed and produced his first feature film "...Around" in 2007. A love-letter to NYC and part auto-biography of his time at film school, "...Around" toured the festival circuit to much critical acclaim and found release through Cinetic Media online and on Netflix in 2009 as well as it's television debut on PBS Channel 13 Reel Indies program on Christmas Day in 2010. "Things I Don't Understand" is Spaltro's second feature in which he serves as writer, director, producer and editor. He's currently pursuing a few writing projects, developing a TV pilot and possible adaptation of the book "Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons" and the completion of his second film.
(“Violet Kubelick”) began her acting career in Chicago but a love affair with storytelling brought her to New York and a brief stay in London where she worked on the award-winning shorts “Red Black” and “Fluffy” (dir. Mal Woolford). In 2008 Molly made her feature film debut, co-starring in the critically acclaimed “…Around”. She has participated in a number of completed projects including the indie-features “New York Lately”and “A Horse With No Name” as well as the shorts “Some Jobs Are Simple” and “Charlie On Parole”, co-starring TJ Miller (“Cloverfield”).“Things I Don’t Understand”, in which she portrays the complex lead role of “Violet Kubelick”, is Molly’s second collaboration with the filmmakers of “…Around”www.mollyryman.info
PRESS, FESTIVALS, AND NEWS:
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE at the Indie Spirit Film Festival in April 2012 we've gone on to win BEST FEATURE at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Hardacre Film Festival, Burbank Int'l Film Festival, Sycamore Film Festival, New Jersey Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival , Laughlin International Film Festival, Dreamland International Film Festival & Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival and Lewiston Auburn International Film FestivalWe've also won AUDIENCE AWARD at the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, White Sands International Film Festival & Lewiston Auburn Int'l Film Festival. Actress Molly Ryman won BEST ACTRESS at the Northwest Ohio Film Festivaland Blue Whiskey Film Festival where actors Grace Folsom (Best Supporting Actress) and Hugo Dillon (Best Supporting Actor) were also honored. Molly has also been nominated for Best Actress at the CAIFF Slate Awards in November. "Things" was also a special nominee for the 10th Tallgrass Film Festival's Stubbornly Independent Gala & Award "...a well wrought and executed film with assured editing and fine cinematography, imbued with a talented writer's keen sense of what constitutes a scene" Film International "...surprisingly enjoyable thanks to a beautiful script penned by Spaltro... outstanding performances by his cast... insightful and meaningful " - Twitch “One of the best indies on the festival circuit... full of grace notes and raw emotional power, superbly acted and sensitively written and directed by Spaltro” – Bill Desowitz, Immersed In Movies "Absolutely wonderful" - Tim Sika, president of San Francisco Film Critics Circle "A bold character-driven drama... defies expectations and affirms Spaltro as a true independent storyteller" - Dann Gire, The Chicago Daily Herald "...a sophomore slump it is not. Its assured craftsmanship, fine performances and provocative themes have made it one of the most buzzed-about pictures on the festival circuit" - Matt Fagerholm, HollywoodChicago.com "a little independent gem of a film --- David Spaltro is a helluva filmmaker and a storyteller" - Debbie Lynn Elias, MovieShark “…A refreshing earnestness… Spaltro seems poised to make a big impact on the indie scene in coming years” – Eric Armstrong, The Moving Arts Film Journal "A- ... a thought-provoking drama...Spaltro once again establishes himself as one of the most promising of the younger directors" - Howard Schumann, The Critical Critics and Talking Pix "...just blown away by the film - the script, direction are brilliant" - Anne Brodie, Monsters and Critics "Coherent, enlightened and funny... Spaltro orchestrates a bluesy atmosphere " Ray Young, The Flickhead "**** dark and thoughtful, but never boring. His direction is fluid, the script moves, and the editing is fantastic." Charles Tatum, Efilmcritic "features a handful of performances by actors who, if their work here is any indication, deserve to be household names…" Asbury Park Press, Alex Biese "The movie’s strengths are its performances (especially by Molly Ryman as Violet), dialogue, and the relationships" CentralJersey.com "Ryman is absolutely stunning… this film is beautiful, intelligent, and in-your-face" – Jeri L. Jacquin, Movie Maven "...a well-crafted and accomplished film... Spaltro's writing and directing is exemplary throughout" - Gary Collinson, The Flickering Myth "an impressive follow-up effort... memorable performances.... realistic look into the life of young adults" Karen Bernardello, New York Examiner.Com " '...Around' star Molly Ryman leads the exemplary cast of up-and-coming actors... Grace Folsom really shines in her debut" - ScreenToday.org "A remarkably honest film that works on all levels, with wonderful performances by the ensemble cast" -Jeff Rector, Head Programmer Burbank International Film Festival "A perspicacious dramedy with (mostly) sharp (or at least snarky) banter... fun (and funny)" - Matt Prigge, Philadelphia Weekly “a thoughtful drama that rewards a little touch of faith in the things we can’t quite put our finger on" –Dennis Cozzalio, The House Next Door “Ryman and Matthias are terrific… succeeds quite well” – Diana Saenger, SD East County Gazette " One Of The Best Filmmakers Of 2011" -- Tommy Lightfoot Garret, Highlight Hollywood "A cinematic treat" -- Peter Nellhaus, Coffee Coffee and more Coffee "Spaltro has a knack for creating an involving experience due to the richness of the characters he develops." – Brent Pantaleo, Picture Show Pundits “8/10…“ - Dirk Sonnisken, Smells Like Screen Spirit “An absolutely splendid film” – Movie Warehouse "a tremendous vibe when Molly Ryman is onscreen... a great film" - Scott "Kubrick" Sawitz, InsidePulse “Things I Don’tUnderstand is the kind of movie you really want to be associated with, be it as a critic, an artist or a fan." -- Lamar Kukuk, Lamar's Movie Palace “…a journey of self-discovery far more realistic than most movies that try to imbue the same theme with clichés” – Nic Baisley, Film Snobbery " great comedic dialogue... funny and refreshing" -- Courtney Smalls, Big Thought From A Small Mind "a genuinely warm film that reflects a real understanding of people and the relationships we form... very strong performances" - Paul Pritchard, PulpMovies.com “*** ½” – Ben Kenber, FilmArcade "hits the bulls-eye with its humor and unyielding heart... a film filled with strong performances all around" - Brian Skuttle, Sonic Cinema "Ryman perfectly leads the cast... Spaltro’s writing displays a soothing essence formulated by a realistic story" - Veronica Barriga, Behind The Hype "Ryman gives us a smart, pretty, cynical heroine, and the superb performance of Folsom provides the pathos... an amusing and thought-provoking flick." - Kay Durbin, Film Dilettante