Things I Don’t Understand is an independent film from director David Spaltro that I was lucky enough to review earlier this year, and I also got to chat with the director about independent filmmaking. Since, the film has made its way to the festival circuit, where it has been garnering awards left and right. It won ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at the Indie Spirit Film Festival in April, won ‘Best Feature’ at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, the Hardacre Film Festival, and won the ‘Audience Award’ at the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival where actors Molly Ryman (‘Best Actress‘) Grace Folsom (‘Best Supporting Actress’) and Hugo Dillon (‘Best Supporting Actor’) were awarded. In June, the film played the Northwest Ohio Film Festival where actress Molly Ryman took honors for ‘Outstanding Actress’.
In August, the film won the ‘Audience Award’ at the White Sands Int’l Film Festival in Las Cruces, NM and director David Spaltro came in second place for the ‘Best Director’ award. The film won ‘Best Feature’ at the Burbank Int’l Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA and ‘Best Feature’ at the Sycamore Film Festival in Illinois. At the end of last month, it also played in Coney Island and on September 26th as part of the San Diego Film Festival.
The film will be playing in Kansas this month as part of the 10th Tallgrass Film Festival in a special competition with six other films for the Stubbornly Independent Gala & Award. Check out some more festival dates below, including the Twin Cities Film Festival, which Jeremy will be attending, so keep an eye out for his review coming soon.
UPCOMING FESTIVAL DATES
Oct. 11-14th Laughlin Int’l Film Festival Laughlin, NV
Oct. 19th 6:00pm Twin Cities Film Fest Minneapolis, MN (David Spaltro & Molly Ryman in attendance)
Oct. 20th Tallgrass Film Festival – 1 of 6 features competing for a a special Stubbornly Independent Gala & Award prize (producer Lee Gillentine in attendance)
Oct. 26-28th Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival
Nov. 8-11 California Independent Film Festival
Nov. 14-18th Big Apple Film Festival NYC, NY
Nov. (Date TBA) São Paulo Brazil (Cultural Curation of great Modern American Independent Cinema)
Jan. (Date TBA) Idyllwild Cinema Fest Idyllwild, CA
Spaltro is also proud to announce that his next film Wake-Up in New York is set to shoot next summer in NYC and LA and after that, he will be working on an Untitled Jack Parsons Biopic, based on the life of the 1950’s rocket scientist and occultist. As the film keeps moving through the festival circuit and toward a release, we will keep you updated, and we’ll also be sure to let you know how Spaltro’s next two projects progress as we keep an eye on this constantly growing filmmaker.