Saturday, February 17th
5:00 – 7:45pm
Naval Heritage Center
$11 IN ADVANCE HERE OR AT THE DOOR
The Rainbow Experiment
Directed by Christina Kallas
Lead Cast: Chris Beetem, Francis Benhamou, Christian Coulson, Kevin Kane, Nina Mehta, Laura Pruden, Connor Siemer, Lauren Sowa, Swann Gruen, Christine McLaughlin
USA / 2018 / 129mins / East Coast Premiere
Things spiral out of control in a high school in Manhattan when a terrible accident involving a science experiment injures a kid for life. A who-dun-it with a how-they-saw-it leads to an explosion of emotions touching on the teachers, the parents, the school authorities and, ultimately, the students.
Christina Kallas is an awarded filmmaker, book author and professor for film. 42 Seconds of Happiness (2016), an intense and remarkable indie film currently in the festival circuit was her debut feature as a director. It won Best Feature Film at WTxFF, Best Ensemble Cast at Harlem Int’l Film Festival, Indie Spirit Award and Best Ensemble Cast at Princeton Independent Film Festival and Best American Film at the 9th Jaipur International Film Festival. Kallas was nominated for the Emerging Director Award at the St. Louis Int’l Film Festival 2016. The Rainbow Experiment is her sophomore feature as a director. Prior to relocating to NYC, Kallas has worked for over 15 years in Europe as a screenwriter and producer. Screen credits include the feature films Mothers (2010), Best Foreign Language Film entry at the 83rd Academy Awards; The Commissioner (1998), starring John Hurt, in Official Competition at the Berlin Int’l Film Festival; I.D., a PolyGram film production (1994); as well as several Best TV-awarded series. From 2005 to 2013 Kallas was President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE.) She was honored for her outstanding contribution to the international writers’ community including the European Screenwriters Manifesto and the World Conference of Screenwriters. She is teaching at Columbia University’s and Barnard College’s Film Programs since 2011, and is the author of six books in her three writing languages, including Creative Screenwriting: Understanding Emotional Structure and Inside the Writers’ Room (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010 & 2014).