Writer Ted Koland is making his directorial debut with the film "Lumpy
" starring Justin Long
and Jess Weixler which is making its world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival
). Koland started his career working in production at Paramount
. He left Paramount to write and ended up writing a lot for television. What Koland quickly learned is although television is a writers medium, when it comes to screenplays he yearned to have final control. Koland said "As a writer in the film industry you never have that control. When I write I always knows what it will look like in my head, so it was an incredible treat to be able to create that vision myself".
"Lumpy" Koland's first turn at calling the shots was inspired to write the film by the conceptual idea that we all as human beings get caught up in one moment. It may be good or it may be bad but people often hold themselves responsible for something they did that they did not like or were ashamed of and give that moment more significance than it should have. Koland said, "The importance of a fancy wedding or committing a crime sometimes defines a person in an odd way considering it was a small moment in the person's life". Koland combines this idea with a story he heard of someone dying at a wedding and it ruined the wedding. He thought we haven't seen that romantic comedy yet.
The film also explores the aspect that maybe we really don't know our friends as well as we think. The person we know is only an aspect of that person which doesn't necessarily represent the person as a whole, especially as time marches on and we see our old friends less and less.
The film takes place in a Minnesota small town, which Koland thinks viewers in the Hamptons will be able to relate in the northern small town way. "Lumpy" was filmed in Koland's home town of Minneapolis which for a non-Hollywood town has a lot of local talent. According to Koland there are 20 Fortune 500 companies in Minneapolis and they film a lot of commercials there, so Koland was able to use a lot of local talent from actors to crew. It was special to Koland because his interest in film was sparked because of theater in Minneapolis. He grew up seeing plays at the Guthrie Theater and for "Lumpy" was able to cast actors which he saw while growing up.
Koland feels very lucky to have had such an amazing cast which included Justin Long, Jess Weixler, newcomer Addison Timlin and Tyler Labine as Lumpy. Koland said, "Justin in particular is known for being a comedy guy, which is not the genre of the film but he really pulls of the nuance leading man and the film shows him in a different role.
After the HIFF, "Lumpy" will be closing the Twin City Film Festival. Lumpy is screening at the HIFF on October 5, 2012 at 8 p.m. at the UA East Hampton Theater and on October 6, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. at the UA East Hampton Theater.
For more information visit: www.hamptonsfilmfest.org
For more information on "Lumpy" visit: www.kodaentertainment.com
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