FILM PREMIERE: THE OFF SEASON
SPECIAL EVENT PREMIERE SCREENING
THE OFF SEASON BY JOHN STIMPSON
On Saturday, May 17th at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, the Woods Hole Film Festival is proud to present the world premiere screening of writer/director John Stimpson’s new film THE OFF SEASON, starring Amanda Schull, Charlie Hofheimer, Hal Ozsan & James McCaffrey, shot on Cape Cod (Woods Hole & Falmouth, winter 2013).
About the Film: Julie (Amanda Schull) and Trent (Charlie Hofheimer), escape to Cape Cod in the winter for a “babymoon”. It’s quiet and cold, but very cozy and private in the resort community of Woods Hole in the off season. Julie is six months pregnant, and the happy couple are very much in love. Trent shows her the nautical restaurant that he wants to buy as a way to start their life together as a family. The problem is, Julie is still technically married to another man, even though their divorce is pending. When her husband Jonathan (Hal Ozsan) mysteriously shows up and Trent disappears, Julie must solve the mystery of Trent’s kidnapping, confess her affair to her husband and save Trent’s life before time runs out. Meanwhile, only Julie holds the secret truth of which man in her life is the father of her baby.
About the Filmmaker, John Stimpson: A former President of Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, John has forged an unlikely career directing film, television and commercial projects in Massachusetts for 25 years. Stimpson began his career as an actor and approaches directing primarily from an actor’s perspective but his directorial strength stems from his experience in so many other aspects of the production process. With nine features under his belt as a director and many others as writer, editor, producer or consultant, John believes that motion pictures are the ultimate collaborative creative medium, and that the work is too difficult for it not to be fun. His films include, The Legend of Lucy Keyes, A Christmas Kiss, Sexting in Suburbia, Sins of the Preacher and The Off Season.
Director’s Statement: The Off Season was inspired by the place. Cape Cod in the Winter. As a summer resident of North Falmouth, I’ve always been intrigued by the vast difference between the seasons in this resort community and I love the Cape without the crowded streets and beaches of July and August. In 2005 I made a film called The Winter People about spirits that inhabit summer homes on the Cape in the off season, which screened at The Woods Hole Film Festival. The experience of making that film in March and April made me want to return to the Cape in the Winter to do a feature length project. We were also experimenting with a low budget model of filmmaking that could produce a marketable product with recognizable stars and high production values at a very modest price. This model required a simple story, just and handful of characters and limited locations. And The Off Season is the result.