TEST SCREENING DECEMBER 14, 6PM.
POWERHOUSE ARENA 28 ADAMS STREET. BROOKLYN
Note from Director
Back to basics by Sasha Santiago
"Wildwood" is a new film that taps back into my strength as an indie director: making films fast, cheap, with a cast of misfits and the guts to fail hard. As a 40 minute film, the project is in the midst of being sent out to several film festivals to compete for the short fiction spot in 2020.
The film flaunts a pre-war american heritage aesthetic but the story is set in contemporary times. It was shot around New York City and Wildwood, NJ.
The movie's lead character, Joe (Jared Rinaldi), is a mild mannered mechanic who works hard at managing his auditory hallucinations. Joe is coerced by a local kingpin (Alex Frankel) to find his ex, Alice (Chelsea J. Smith), a crypto hacker - to try and take back something she may have stolen. He’s compelled to do it not just for the clean slate he’s been offered but because he learns he might have a daughter Alice has kept from him. Joe struggles to remain grounded since his hallucinations are triggered by stress. At some point in the story, Joe begins to really wonder if what he hears has an otherworldly connection.
This movie was scripted and made in a guerrilla style. Shot and edited simultaneously over a course of several weekends and nites in October & November 2019.
The talent who appear in this film volunteered their time, willingness and spirit - the greatest things anyone can share with someone when creating - anything.