Filmmaker, Writer-Director David Spaltro On The Latest With His Film ‘Things I Don’t Understand’ And More, Highlight Hollywood News

 “Things” has continued it’s impressive festival run since last April’s victory at the Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado, recently winning it’s 13th FILM FESTIVAL!! On the weekend of April 6-7, TIDU screened in Lewiston, Maine and won BEST FEATURE and BEST OF FESTIVAL at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival. Writer-Director David Spaltro was in attendance to accept the award  Back in January it captured BEST FEATURE at the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival


TIDU screened as part of the Centro Cultural São Paulo Curation in Brazil of great modern independent cinema alongside: Mike Birbiglia‘s “Sleepwalk With Me Movie“, “Room 237“, Joe Swanberg’s “Art History”, Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister and many more great films 

Award winning actress Molly Ryman‘s performance in the film as “Violet Kubelick” was named one of the Top Female Performances on 2012 by the San Diego Reader and San Francisco Film Critic’s Circle president, Tim Sika, called it “absolutely wonderful” and hosted two packed screenings of the film in San Jose in January.

“Things” begins a few potential INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL DATES!…
THIS MAY! We’re returning to Minnesota (7-10th) with a special ENCORE SCREENING as well as two local film school workshops with writer/director David Spaltro, sponored by the Twin Cities Film Fest!….
JUNE 1st we’re back in LIMA, OH as a special GRAND PRIX celebration of the Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival screening outdoors with several musical performances. Writer-Director David Spaltro will be in attendance with potential cast and crew!
Wandering/Cut Films is currently in development on it’s 3rd and final NYC Valentine with a science-fiction  twist,  “Wake Up In New York”,  hoping to go before the lens later this year/early 2014!
WINNER BEST FEATURE 2012 Indie Spirit Film Festival 2012 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival Feature) 2012 Hard Acre Film Festival 2012 Burbank International Film Festival 2012 Sycamore Film Festival 2012 New Jersey Film Festival 2012 Coney Island Film Festival 2012 Laughlin International Film Festival 2012 Dreamland International Film Festival, 2013 Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival 2013 Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival (Best in Festival) 

AUDIENCE AWARD 2012 White Sands Int’l Film Festival 2012 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (Audience Award, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress)

OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2012 Northwest Ohio Film Festival (Winner- Best Actress Molly Ryman) 2012 Albuquerque Film Festival 2012 San Diego Film Festival 2012 Jaxon Film Festival 2012 San Pedro International Film Festival 2012 Catalina Film Festival 2012 New Wave Salon 2012 Washington DC Reel Independent Extravaganza 2012 Twin Cities Film Fest (Breakthrough Achievement – Molly Ryman) 2012 Tallgrass Film Festival (Stubbornly Independent Nominee) 2012 Greater Reading Film Festival, 2012 Dutch Tilt Film Festival 2012 Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival 2012 Weyauwega Int’l Film Festival 2012 Beverly Film Festival 2012 California Independent Film Festival 2012 Big Apple Film Festival 2012 International Film Festival of Antigua Barbuda 2012 Anchorage International Film Festival, 2012 Sao Palo Cultural Festival of Cinema 2013 Idyllwild Cinema Fest (BEST ACTRESS – Molly Ryman, BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING) 2013 Irvine International Film Festival, 2013 Logan Film Festival, 2013 Gwinette International Film Festival
“…surprisingly enjoyable thanks to a beautiful script penned by Spaltro…  outstanding performances by his cast… insightful and meaningful ” –  Twitch
One of the best indies on the festival circuit… full of grace notes and raw emotional power, superbly acted and sensitively written and directed by Spaltro” – Bill Desowitz, Immersed In Movies
“Absolutely wonderful” – Tim Sika, president of San Francisco Film Critics Circle
“A bold character-driven drama… defies expectations and affirms Spaltro as a true independent storyteller” – Dann Gire, The Chicago Daily Herald
“…a sophomore slump it is not. Its assured craftsmanship, fine performances and provocative themes have made it one of the most buzzed-about pictures on the festival circuit” – Matt Fagerholm,
“a little independent gem of a film — David Spaltro is a helluva filmmaker and a storyteller” – Debbie Lynn Elias, MovieShark
“…A refreshing earnestness… Spaltro seems poised to make a big impact on the indie scene in coming years” – Eric Armstrong, The Moving Arts Film Journal

“A- … a thought-provoking drama…Spaltro once again establishes himself as one of the most promising of the younger directors” – Howard Schumann, The Critical Critics and Talking Pix
“…just blown away by the film – the script, direction are brilliant” - Anne Brodie, Monsters and Critics

“Coherent, enlightened and funny… Spaltro orchestrates a bluesy atmosphere ” Ray Young, The Flickhead
“**** dark and thoughtful, but never boring. His direction is fluid, the script moves, and the editing is fantastic.” Charles Tatum, Efilmcritic
“features a handful of performances by actors who, if their work here is any indication, deserve to be household names…” Asbury Park Press, Alex Biese
“The movie’s strengths are its performances (especially by Molly Ryman as Violet), dialogue, and the relationships”
Ryman is absolutely stunning… this film is beautiful, intelligent, and in-your-face” – Jeri L. Jacquin, Movie Maven

“…a well-crafted and accomplished film… Spaltro’s writing and directing is exemplary throughout” – Gary Collinson, The Flickering Myth
“an impressive follow-up effort… memorable performances…. realistic look into the life of young adults” Karen Bernardello,  New York Examiner.Com” ‘…Around’ star Molly Ryman leads the exemplary cast of up-and-coming actors… Grace Folsom really shines in her debut” –
“A remarkably honest film that works on all levels, with wonderful performances by the ensemble cast” -Jeff Rector, Head Programmer Burbank International Film Festival 
“A perspicacious dramedy with (mostly) sharp (or at least snarky) banter… fun (and funny)” – Matt Prigge, Philadelphia Weekly
a thoughtful drama that rewards a little touch of faith in the things we can’t quite put our finger on” –Dennis Cozzalio, The House Next Door
“Ryman and Matthias are terrific… succeeds quite well” – Diana Saenger, SD East County Gazette

” One Of The Best Filmmakers Of 2011″ — Tommy Lightfoot Garret, Highlight Hollywood
“A cinematic treat” — Peter Nellhaus,  Coffee Coffee and more Coffee
“Spaltro has a knack for creating an involving experience due to the richness of the characters he develops.” – Brent Pantaleo, Picture Show Pundits 
“8/10…“  – Dirk Sonnisken, Smells Like Screen Spirit
“An absolutely splendid film” – Movie Warehouse
“a tremendous vibe when Molly Ryman is onscreen… a great film”  – Scott “Kubrick” Sawitz, InsidePulse
“Things I Don’t Understand is the kind of movie you really want to be associated with, be it as a critic, an artist or a fan.” — Lamar Kukuk, Lamar’s Movie Palace

“…a journey of self-discovery far more realistic than most movies that try to imbue the same theme with clichés” – Nic Baisley, Film Snobbery” great comedic dialogue… funny and refreshing” —  Courtney Smalls, Big Thought From A Small Mind
“a genuinely warm film that reflects a real understanding of people and the relationships we form… very strong performances” - Paul Pritchard,
“*** ½” – Ben Kenber, FilmArcade

“hits the bulls-eye with its humor and unyielding heart… a film filled with strong performances all around” - Brian Skuttle, Sonic Cinema
“Ryman perfectly leads the cast… Spaltro’s writing displays a soothing essence formulated by a realistic story” – Veronica Barriga, Behind The Hype
“Ryman gives us a smart, pretty, cynical heroine, and the superb performance of Folsom provides the pathos… an amusing and thought-provoking flick.” – Kay Durbin, Film Dilettante
“Spaltro has ambitiously embraced the audiences wanting more by putting weighty theories into the mouths of twenty-somethings searching for answers” – Jared Mobarak, Film Stage
“…full of interesting characters, realistic dialogue… further proof that you don’t need a huge budget to make an effective movie” – Sean Canfield, The Daily Rotation
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  David Spaltro
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