A road trip comedy about two estranged brothers who drive across the country in a truck full of their veteran dead dad’s UFO memorabilia.
PLAYING SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015
About the Filmmaker
DAVID MCCRACKEN is a Director, Writer, Producer, and Actor with a long and varied career in filmmaking and writing. He most recently earned his MFA in Film & Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He also has an MA in Creative Writing from Ball State University, as well as a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Evansville.
McCracken has been awarded numerous grants, scholarships, and honors for his creative work, most notably the prestigious 2011 USC James Bridges Memorial Scholarship for Directing, the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Science Foundation Production Award, and the USC Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award for his short film “I Am Become Death.”
“OstrichLand,” McCracken’s USC graduate thesis film, has been to more than twenty festivals around the world, including Vancouver, Australia, and Hong Kong. It won the Alexis Jury Prize for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker at Palm Springs, Best Student Film at Carmel International, and Best Editing/Best Comedy finalist at USC’s First Film. McCracken is currently developing “OstrichLand” into a feature.
McCracken’s most recent feature, the horror/thriller “Daylight,” is an Official Selection at London’s FrightFest and is now on VOD through Devolver Digital on a variety of platforms, including Amazon and iTunes.
To learn more about McCracken, his work, and his upcoming projects, visit www.david-mccracken.com.Paul Katis is a versatile award-winning director with extensive experience in a wide range of genres. He has worked in TV & commercial film production for over 25 years, and in that time amassed a wealth of credits and experience. After initially editing then producing commercials, he moved on to direct over 50 commercials before concentrating on longer form production. He recently won the Golden Award for Best Director at the Cannes Corporate and Media Awards 2012 for my film, “Choose Life”. He also won numerous IVCA awards for Best Director, most recently in 2011 for “Exposed” starring rising British actress, Karla Crome. His comedy drama “The Strange Case of Penny Allison”, starring Hugh Laurie and Imelda Staunton, won the UK Industry award for Best Drama in 2002 and “Making it Count in Court” starring Andrew Lancel and Sita Indrani, won another Best Drama and Best Directing award in 2004. He won various other industry Best Director awards in 2005, 2001, 2000 and 1998, as well as the Gold Camera Award for Direction at the 1995 US International Film and Video awards in New York and the Silver in 1996. His short film “Starting Over” was selected for the Kodak short film showcase and was shortlisted for a BAFTA before being broadcast by Channel Four.
“KAJAKI. The True Story” is his first venture into narrative feature films. It premiered in November 2014 and Paul was subsequently nominated for a BAFTA for outstanding debut Director / Producer.