1. Note: This reel does not contain any footage from our latest feature film, STARRY EYES. The film will world premiere at SXSW on March 8th, 2014.

    Parallactic Pictures is an independent production company comprised of award winning filmmakers Dennis Widmyer (left) and Kevin Kölsch (right). Formed in 2003, Parallactic Pictures came out of the gate with the back-to-back production of two feature-length projects: a highly popular documentary on bestselling writer Chuck Palahniuk (author of 'Fight Club') and a dark kidnapping mystery entitled 'Absence'. The projects share a common bond in that 'Absence' was shot on a shoestring budget (under $30,000) with revenue earned from sales of the documentary.

    Utilizing this fast and flexible DIY approach to filmmaking, Parallactic Pictures spent the next few years incessantly shooting short films, commercials, music videos and festival bumpers. In 2011, as 'Absence' played to VOD audiences across the country, their short film 'Curtain' placed at a number of prestigious film festivals including Fantastic Fest, Cinequest and Telluride.

    Most recently, the team has completed their next feature film, 'Starry Eyes'. It will premiere at SXSW. Read more about this film at its official website: starryeyesfilm.com.

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  2. World Premiere • • • SXSW 2012
    Official Selection • • • Telluride
    Official Selection • • • Palm Springs Shortfest
    Official Selection • • • Heartland
    Official Selection • • • Discovery Channel/AFI Silverdocs
    Official Selection • • • Atlanta Int'l
    Official Selection • • • Athens Film & Video
    Official Selection • • • Brooklyn
    Official Selection • • • Indy Film Fest

    Audience Award • • • Santa Cruz
    Best Documentary • • • NFFTY
    Best Documentary • • • Detroit Independent / Uptown

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SYNOPSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Short • • • Once a man with all the answers, Dr. Ed Dobson is struggling to resolve his own questions before succumbing to the unusual disease eating away his body.

    Medium • • • A cinematic and intimate documentary that follows Dr. Edward Dobson, a man accustomed to counseling people through suffering, as he comes to grips with the unusual disease eating away his body.
    ALS or “Lou Gehrig's Disease” is a degenerative disorder that systemically incapacitates the body, commandeering the ability to hold, speak, walk, swallow, and even breathe until it causes the lungs to fatally collapse. They don't know what causes it, and there is no cure. After learning he had 2-5 years to live, Ed chose to examine what hope looks like in situations where it doesn't exist.

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DIRECTOR BIO . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Caleb Slain is a writer/director/editor and Grand Rapids native. He has been internationally awarded for his evocative storytelling in both short films and commercials. At age 19, Slain directed THE LOST & FOUND SHOP (vimeo.com/15150744), which received praise around the world, recently winning the prestigious "Best Young Filmmaker Award" at Corona's Fastnet Festival in Ireland. At 20, he directed the cinematic short documentary IT AIN'T OVER which world premiered at South by Southwest in 2012, and was recently accepted into Telluride.

    Commercially, Slain co-directed the notorious "Surface" ad for Microsoft, acquiring more than 6 million views in less than a week and earning him personal spotlights in both Business Insider (read.bi/QcYb0H) and Huffington Post (huff.to/MAQo7o). Additionally, his love-letter to Volvo, a short film called DESIGNED AROUND YOU (vimeo.com/41120206), won their international branding contest earlier this year.

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  3. Aaltra

    Finnland 2004; 92 min.

    Zwei verfeindete Nachbarn geraten während einer Rauferei unter einen
    umkippenden Traktoranhänger der Marke AALTRA. Daraufhin an den Rollstuhl
    gefesselt, trampen beide nach Finnland, um den Hersteller des verhängnisvollen
    Gerätes zu verklagen. Ihr Weg in den Norden gerät zur lakonischen Revue
    abstruser Situationen. Anstatt sich ihrem Schicksal oder dem Mitleid der anderen zu ergeben, nutzen sie letzteres gnadenlos aus...


    Regisseur: Gustave de Kervern, Benoît Delépine

    Drehbuch: Gustave de Kervern, Benoît Delépine

    Hauptdarsteller: Benoît Delépine, Gustave de Kervern and Michel de Gavre

    Festivals (Auswahl):

    - Rotterdam Film Festival (Wettbewerb),
    - London Film Festival,
    - Chicago International Film Festival,
    - Sydney Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival,
    - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,


    - 2004 FIPRESCI International Critics Award (bestes Spielfilmdebüt - The Times bfi London Film Festival)
    - Transilvania International Film Festival – Publikumspreis
    - Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival – Beste Hauptdarsteller

    „...herrlich durchgeknalltes Roll-Movie.“

    Zitty Berlin

    „In AALTRA entwickeln sich die beiden Neu-Rollstuhlfahrer zu rasenden Outlaws, deren anarchistische Aktionen zum Spiegel für eine Gesellschaft werden.“

    Tip Berlin

    „... es ist eine willkommene Abwechslung mit jeder Menge Spaß und einem
    erfrischend ironischen Blick... Nach so vielen “politisch-korrekten” Filmen ist es ein befreiendes Erlebnis, zwei Menschen im Rollstuhl zu sehen, die jeder Form von Mitleid nur so trotzen.”


    “Aaltra ist eine köstlich bissige Komödie und das ultimative Rollstuhl-Roadmovie.”

    The Times

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  4. Isold Uggadottir is an award-winning Icelandic director, with over a decade of filmmaking experience in both New York City and Reykjavik, Iceland.

    Her films have premiered at such top-tier festivals as Sundance,Telluride, London, Sau Paulo, Hamptons and the prestigious New Directors/New Films hosted by Lincoln Center & MoMA, in addition to over 120 others. She has been honored with 6 nominations for the Icelandic Edda Awards, winning Best Short Film in both 2010 and 2011, as well as receiving numerous international festival awards. Her latest film, REVOLUTION REYKJAVIK was long-listed for the Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short, following a win at the Athens International Film + Video Festival in 2012.

    A creative storyteller at heart, Isold has a particular knack for working with talent of all ages. Known for bringing out the best in both professional, and non-professional actors (including children), her keen sense of cinematic reality creates moments that are distinctly alive, dynamic and memorable.

    Isold holds an M.F.A in directing from Columbia University in New York, where she accepted the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director. An alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Nordic Talents in Copenhagen and the Film Independent Lab in Los Angeles, Isold was named “of the rising stars of Icelandic film” by Screen International in the UK.

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  5. Starring: Christopher Abbott

    OFFICIAL SELECTION 2013 @ Tribeca Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, Aruba International Film Festival and many more.

    SYNOPSIS: It is 2021, and imprisoned journalist Joseph Michaels faces government execution as he contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his wife and new-born in The Exit Room.

    Director: Todd Wiseman Jr.
    Producer: Ariel Elia
    Cinematographer: Milos S. Silber
    Co-Producer: Tyler Ben-Amotz
    Editor: Brian Denny

    Full Credits at IMDB: imdb.com/title/tt2428364/

    Short of the Week: shortoftheweek.com/2014/04/16/the-exit-room/

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