AWARD WINNING BROOKLYN BASED PRODUCTION COMPANY BRINGS ITS MOST RECENT FILM TO SAN FRANCISCO
The FilmGym, an independent film production company based in Brooklyn, New York, will have its second west coast screening next month of the award winning film Chance of Rain, at The San Francisco Festival of Short Films. The film debuted and took home the award for Best Short Film at the prestigious Sonoma International Film Festival in April.
Chance of Rain is directed by Philipp Wolter and stars Wolter and his wife, Michelle Glick, who are the driving force behind FilmGym. As succinctly described by Roger Ebert writer Anath White, “they possess the sort of beauty which could easily inspire envy in others, yet they’re also down-to-earth and instantly likable. Their moody, atmospheric film takes us into a world we’d willingly spend more time exploring with its intriguing characters. When it wins Best Narrative Short (at Sonoma), the applause is heartfelt.”
Chance of Rain is a dramatic love story, beautifully shot by cinematographer Eun-ah Lee. “I saw this piece as a play several years ago,” says Wolter, “and the story always stayed with me. So I contacted the writer, Chisa Hutchinson, and we collaborated on a screenplay version of her story.” Chance of Rain is FilmGym’s follow up to The Bridge, another short film that played at Sonoma in 2011, winning the festival’s Audience Award and later going on to qualify for an Oscar.
“The Audience Award really meant a lot to us,” says Wolter, “because we didn’t know a soul in the audience, and Sonoma has packed out screenings, even if you have an early morning time slot, the crowds really show up for the films.”
Since 2004 FilmGym has been based in Brooklyn, and grown from an arena for actors and filmmakers to collaborate and work on their craft into a production house boasting films and commercials that have won awards at both the local and international level. In addition to building an impressive portfolio of work, the duo hosts International short film screenings, a monthly screenplay reading series and have become accomplished actors in their own right. Wolter will be seen later this year in Blood Ties, starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis; and Glick continues to tour with her autobiographical one woman show, Asian Belle.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to bring our work to San Francisco,” says Glick. “We look forward to sharing our stories with festival audiences and beyond.”
Contact: Sarah Baskin