Sundance Institute Fellow to present pre-release screening of indie film

September 9, 2013 | Arts, Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Staff

Breakfast With CurtisDirector Laura Colella will present a pre-release screening of her award-winning independent film “Breakfast With Curtis” Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

“Breakfast With Curtis” centers on the new friendship between a troubled teen and an eccentric bookseller who lives next door. An incident five years ago left bad blood between their neighboring households, but when Curtis gets mixed up with the freewheeling bohemians next door, it shakes up the neighborhood, bringing a season of change for all.

The film is Colella’s third narrative feature as writer/director/editor. It premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, and has been touring the festival circuit since, earning several awards and excellent reviews.

At the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, the film was nominated for a Cassavetes Award and won the Jameson FIND Distribution Award.

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Colella, who has been honored as a Sundance Institute Fellow, also will present a workshop for UT theatre and film students during her visit to Toledo.

She began making films as an undergraduate at Harvard and was a Sundance Fellow with her second feature titled “Stay Until Tomorrow” in 2004.

Colella teaches film production and directing at the Rhode Island School of Design and screenwriting at Brown University, and serves as founding faculty chair of film at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

This summer, Colella has been shooting behind-the-scenes footage on Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film “Inherent Vice.”

For more information about the free, public screening, contact the UT Department of Theatre and Film at 419.530.2202.

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