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Hellbender (with featured short “The Resemblance”)

Saturday, September 17, 2022
Hellbender Big Eddy Film Festival Narrowsburg

An Eerie Outdoor Double-Feature

Join us under the stars at the Cochecton Pump House to see two films that will raise your hackles.

A CATSKILLS PREMIERE

When a grieving couple go to a “rental family” agency to hire an actor to role-play their dead son, they discover that their evening of remembrance is more than they bargained for.   

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of UCLA and award-winning filmmaker featured at festivals like Cannes, Derek Nguyen emphasizes storytelling no matter the medium. 

Traveling through Europe, Central America, and Asia, Derek has collected stories from all over the world. These include surviving emergency motorcycle crash treatment from a countryside doctor, talking his way out of Mexican jail, and sacrificing a water buffalo on the top of a mountain. Finding beauty in any story, Derek Nguyen strives to captivate his audience.

SHORT | 15 min | US | 2022

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY

Derek Nguyen

PRODUCED BY

Ernesto Foronda, Giulia Caruso

EDITED BY

Zack Boger

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Shaheen Seth

SPONSORED BY

Netflix

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Nonetheless Productions

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Paula Weinstein, Nina Chaudry, Mynette Louie

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Tribeca Studios, The Population

COORDINATING PRODUCERS

Michelle Hamada, Alex Ingber

CO-PRODUCER

Carolyn Mao
 

MUSIC BY

Jerome Leroy

CASTING BY

Sig De Miguel, Stephen Vincent

 

PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Brittany Ingram

COSTUME DESIGNER

Kim Ngo

Hellbender

NEW YORK IN-PERSON PREMIERE

Directed by, written by, and starring John Adams, Zelda Adams, and Toby Poser. The story follows a mother-daughter metal band living in an isolated woodland home, whose relationship is challenged when the daughter encounters other teenagers. Hellbender keeps its mossy roots anchored in the supernatural while reaching gnarled fingers into the devilish and dark. A tale about identity, power, and freedom is slashed with the band’s hot sonics, H6LLB6ND6R.

 

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY

Hellbender, directed by Toby Poser, John Adams, and Zelda Adams, is a Wonder Wheel Production— the artistic collaboration between Toby Poser, John Adams, and daughters Lulu and Zelda Adams.

John Adams is an accomplished artist and musician. Hailing from New York state, John enjoyed an illustrious modeling career in the ’90s. In 2008, the Fuse Channel cast John as Rock and Roll Acid Test’s stuntman/maniac-with-a-hammer. 

Toby Poser graduated from Tulane University with a BFA in Acting. She has appeared on stage and television in Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy with the New Group, Guiding Light, Law and Order, and in the independent films, The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love, and Steal Me. 

Zelda Adams won acting awards on the indie film festival circuit and has been operating the camera since she was 9. She is now writing, directing, shooting, and editing her own short films and music videos. Zelda’s first short film, Noble, premiered at the Walla Walla Movie Crush and played at NY Young Film Makers.

FEATURE | 86 min | US | 2021

DIRECTOR

John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser

PRODUCER

Toby Poser

WRITER

John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser

COMPOSER

John Adams

EDITOR

John Adams

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

John AdamsZelda Adams

CAMERA OPERATOR

John Adams, Zelda Adams, Trey Lindsay, Toby Poser

SCREENING SPONSOR

  • Type: Local/Regional,Narrative Feature
  • Time: September 17, 2022 - 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Venue:Cochecton Pump House, 7895 NY-97, Cochecton, NY 12726
  • Duration:2 hours

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