The New Ohio Theatre is gearing up for the 2nd Annual NY Indie Theatre Film Festival, set to run January 30–February 3, 2018, at the Off-Broadway venue. The 2018 NYITFF will showcase over 30 short films, documentaries, and web series created by New York theatre artists, including works by playwrights Bekah Brunstetter (The Cake) and Susan Soon He Stanton (Today Is My Birthday), director Annie Tippe (Ghost Quartet), and actor Amanda Quaid (Equus, Cock).
“We want to support active theatre artists working in NY who are stretching themselves,” explains Marc Stuart Weitz, producing director of the New Ohio. “We’re not just talking about a theatre actor acting in a film. That’s not quite enough of a stretch. We’re looking for them to be one or more of the primary artists—like director, writer, and/or producer.”
The lineup includes Brunstetter’s short film Again, about a man who watches Groundhog Day over and over (directed by Alexis Jacknow); Stanton’s short drama Dispatched, about a paramedic who becomes infatuated with a patient (directed by Kyle Wilamowski); English, a short film about an immigrant woman living in Queens written and directed by Quaid; Katie Baldwin’s short comedy American Daddy, set the day after the 2016 presidential election (directed by Yaara Sumarek); and the web series Unicornland, about a woman who decides to date couples, written by Lucy Gillespie and Nick Leavens.
“Many members of our independent theatre community are reaching beyond theatre to tell stories,” added Weitz. “We wanted to create a space where they could share their work and where our audiences could find them. There was great enthusiasm in our community for our inaugural festival last year, so we’re making this an annual event.”
New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street in New York City. Ticket information and a screening calendar will be available soon at NewOhioTheatre.org/nyitff.