Bailey Hall presents Donald Cried as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers on Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. Following the screening, lead actor, executive producer and writer (story concept) Jesse Wakeman will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work.
Donald Cried follows main character Peter Latang (portrayed by Wakeman) who left his working class Rhode Island upbringing to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. Fifteen years later, when he is forced to return home to bury his grandmother, he loses his wallet on the trip. Stranded, the only person he can think of to help him is his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald Treebeck (Kris Avedisian), who hasn't changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into a long van ride into their past. Past and present collide as this road trip comedy blends hilarious and painful moments shared between the two characters.
“With funding help from a Kickstarter campaign, Donald Cried premiered this year at the SXSW Festival and it demonstrates the fresh kind of American movie making that is being done today free from studio constraints,” said Dr. Dan Barnard, associate dean of cultural affairs and director of Bailey Hall.
Wakeman is an actor, filmmaker and visual artist based in New York and received his MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2014. He is also a founding member of the New York-based theater company WedRepCo.
The Austin Chronicle reviewed the film reporting it, "Melds offbeat humor, cringeworthy pathos, and naked human emotion into a lunatic mélange of genuine indie filmmaking.”
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Bailey Hall film series continues with, Shake ‘Em on Down (Feb. 16), Some Beasts (March 30) and Hunky Dory (April 20).
The film contains adult language. Tickets are available for $9-12 and can be purchased by visiting www.baileyhall.org or contacting the Bailey Hall box office at (954) 201-6884. The box office and phone lines are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and one hour prior to an event.
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Brief: Bailey Hall presents Donald Cried as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent on Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. After leaving a working class hometown to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker, a man returns home 15 years later and is forced to turn to his former childhood friend and neighbor for help after becoming stranded without his wallet. Following a screening of the film, the filmmaker Jesse Wakeman will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work. The film contains adult language. Tickets are available for $9-12 and can be purchased by visiting www.baileyhall.org or contacting the Bailey Hall box office at (954) 201-6884. The box office and phone lines are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and one hour prior to an event. The flagship venue of Broward College, Bailey Hall is located on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 Davie Rd. in Davie and offers free parking.