Ant Timpson’s directorial debut Come To Daddy, starring Elijah Wood, has been added to the lineup for The Overlook Film Festival 2019 as the weekend’s Centerpiece Film Presentation, alongside newly added film Girl On The Third Floor starring wrestling superstar CM Punk, virtual reality from Alexandre Aja. The Festival also revealed the feature and short film juries.
With the previously announced feature film, short film, live and interactive performances, including the US Premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, the total number of film presentations now marks 43 films (23 features and 18 short films from 11 countries) in the festival lineup. Elijah Wood will appear for a Q&A following the centerpiece screening.
CENTERPIECE FILM PRESENTATION
Come To Daddy
Director: Ant Timpson
Cast: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan, Michael Smiley, Madeleine Sami, Simon Chin
United States, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, 2019
Norval, a troubled young man travels to a small seaside town to answer a letter from his long-lost father. When he gets there, the two begin to reconnect, but Norval can’t shake the feeling that something is drastically off. Elijah Wood stars in hilarious and terrifying twisty thrill ride, the directorial debut of lauded horror producer Ant Timpson.
FEATURE FILM PRESENTATION
Girl On The Third Floor
Director: Travis Stevens
Cast: Phil Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Elissa Dowling, Karen Woditsch, Travis Delgado, Marshall Bean, Anish Jethmalani, Bishop Stevens, Tonya Kay
United States, 2019
WWE legend Phil “CM Punk” Brooks stars Don Koch, an expectant father dead set on renovating his newly purchased Victorian home, a project that could see him not only giving in to old temptations, but uncovering the darkest secrets of the house itself.
VIRTUAL REALITY PRESENTATION
Campfire Creepers: Midnight March
Director: Alexandre Aja
Filmmaker Alexandre Aja (HIGH TENSION) and VR horror impresarios Dark Corner Studios team up for a series of grisly campfire tales in this spooky series. Both fun and fatal, their latest innovation finds some unfortunate campers in the midst of a full moon…
FEATURE FILM JURY
David Fear is the Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone and was a critic/editor at Time Out New York from 2004 to 2013. His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Village Voice, Film Comment, Spin, NY Daily News, Blender, Moviemaker, Nashville Scene and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among others. He’s a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, and lives in Brooklyn, as all writers must.
Carter Smith is a writer, director and fashion photographer who splits his time between NYC and a tiny island in Maine. His first short film BUGCRUSH, won the jury award at Sundance in 2006 and went on to disturb way more people than he ever imagined possible. He then directed THE RUINS for Dreamworks before writing and directing JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD which premiered in dramatic competition at Sundance in 2016.
Alison Willmore is a critic and culture writer at BuzzFeed News. In her past life as the TV editor at Indiewire, she helped launch the site’s television coverage. Her writing has also appeared in the AV Club, Salon, Time Out New York, and Movieline.
SHORT FILM JURY
Garrett Bradley works in a variety of platforms most of which explore socio-economic injustice, human conflict, historical reflection, place-based adventure, and the beauty that is plainly in view. A grantee of the 2019 Creative Capital Fellowship, she has received numerous prizes – including the 2017 Sundance Jury Prize for the short film Alone, and is one of 75 artists selected in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Bradley is the co-founder of Creative Council, an artist lead after-school program aimed at developing strong college portfolios and applications for students attending public high schools in New Orleans.
Amy Nicholson is a film writer and critic for Variety, The Guardian, and the Washington Post, and the host of the movie podcasts “”Unspooled,” “Zoom,” “The Canon,” and “Halloween Unmasked.” Her first book, Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, was published by Cahiers du Cinema.
Jolene Pinder is a New Orleans-based documentary producer and currently serves as the Executive Director of #CreateLouisiana, a grantmaking organization designed to champion Louisiana talent in film. Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Director of the New Orleans Film Society—the producer of the Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival—for six years. She is currently producing the documentary feature Hollow Tree, a recipient of development funding from the Sundance Documentary Film Program, Fork Films, and the International Documentary Association.