In its second year, Wolf Tree Film Festival aims to showcase films set in the Great Lakes region or that include themes or topics related to the region, as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region. The festival will include screenings of each selected film, a Q&A with select filmmakers, an awards presentation, a networking mixer, and a toast to the filmmakers. All screenings will be open to the public.
Admission: $15 in advance, $17 at the door | One ticket gets you into both screenings | Get your tickets here!
Festival Date: January 25th
Directed by and starring Oliver Robins, who played the son in the classic horror film “Poltergeist”
When the B horror movie CHAIN-FACE CLOWN was released in 1985, no one knew the film would one day become a classic, heralded as a cinematic tour de force… at least by a select group of horror movie fans. The film’s biggest fan EMILY LYNESSA always knew she was going to meet and fall in love with JONATHAN BLAKLEE, the star of CHAIN-FACE CLOWN. Her plan is simple: Meet Jonathan at an up-coming signing for the DVD re-release of CHAIN-FACE CLOWN and then seduce him. She will lure him back to her home where Jonathan will be imprisoned until he realizes Emily is the one for him. After a night of debauchery, Jonathan awakes — imprisoned in Emily’s rural Florida home. Jonathan must find a way to escape or forever be the ultimate addition to Emily’s CHAIN-FACE CLOWN memorabilia collection.
Oliver Robins will be singing autographs in the lobby after the CELEBRITY CRUSH Q & A.
8pm | Short Film Screening, Discussion, and Awards Presentation
Attendees will view the festival’s selected films, participate in a discussion with select filmmakers led by special guest Sebastian Twardosz. Afterward, the awards presentation will take place.
Throughout both screenings, beer, wine, soft drinks and popcorn will be available.
Special Guest: Sebastian Twardosz | Film industry pro Sebastian Twardosz will lead discussions for the evening and will be present to talk with filmmakers during the festival’s networking mixer.
Sebastian Twardosz has been very fortunate to work with leading companies in both film and television for the past twenty-five years. He is the founding partner of Savant Artists which advises and represents emerging filmmakers and content creators. Clients have produced films which premiered at all of the major film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Telluride and Toronto and which were released by most of the leading distributors theatrically and in all media. He is also the host of The Insiders which is a web series about the business of Hollywood.
Sebastian was previously the head of development for a Paramount-based production company called Craftsman Films, founded by Kerry McCluggage, which developed numerous studio projects, including the feature film reinvention of the Star Trek franchise.
For three years, he worked in comedy and drama development at Touchstone Television, the tv production division of the Walt Disney Company and ABC, where he staffed on six produced pilots. He also worked on numerous pilots and on-air tv series for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment.
Sebastian’s first production job was from 1995-1999 for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s Paramount-based company where he started as an assistant and was promoted to executive, actively participating in the making of Mission Impossible 1-2 and Without Limits.
Sebastian started in the business as an agent’s assistant in the motion picture department at ICM. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1993. His short film, Silent Rain, received a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Student Emmy.
Sebastian recently co-produced the independent features Celebrity Crush starring and directed by his longtime friend Oliver Robins, a Mandarin language film called A Different Sun starring Chin Han, as well as Small Town Saturday Night starring John Hawkes, Chris Pine and Octavia Spencer. Since 2006, he has also been an adjunct professor at National University, UCLA and the USC School of Cinematic Arts teaching about the art and business of film. He has taught at USC for 10 years. Born in Poland, he grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.