We are excited to announce a special presentation of the 2012 official Sundance selection Why Stop Now? at the inaugural Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts, Saturday July 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Upstate Films in Woodstock.
The film has many local ties, as it was produced by BCDF, a Hudson Valley based production company, and stars local resident and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), as well as Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg, (The Social Network) and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).
Why Stop Now? was written and directed by Woodstock native Phil Dorling and Academy Award nominee and Woodstock Film Festival founding member of the Advisory Board Ron Nyswaner.
The comedy follows Eli Smith, a young man on the verge of entering a prestigious music program (Eisenberg). His talents are constantly hindered by is mother’s (Leo) self-implosions. Eli must get his mother to go to rehab and prepare for his big audition, but things don’t go as planned. He must enlist the help of his mother’s drug dealer (Morgan) to help him carry out his plans. Events spin out of control as the mismatched team has to navigate one twist and turn after another to hilarious effect.
The feature is loosely based on Dorling’s short film Predisposed, which was screened at the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival. The film is presented courtesy of IFC Films. There will be a Q&A after the screening with Dorling and select members of the cast and crew.