|THE MAN WITH THE WESTERN HAT|
|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: || Kerri Kenny, Carl Li, Stephanie Iscovitz, John Emmett Whitney, Grant Parker|
|Crew: || Producers: Stephanie Blackwood, Christina H. Choe, Stephanie Iscovitz, Melinda Ziyadat - Screenwriters: Cinder Chou
Anna encounters the handsome cowboy who appears to have stepped from the screen and onto the streets of Brooklyn. She soon discovers he may not be the hero she expected.
Cinder Chou is a writer-director based in New York City. In her work, she is interested in exploring the mundane and the surreal, and the intersection of these two worlds.
Cinder's work has screened at many festivals around the United States including the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Big Apple Film Festival, and the Orlando Film Festival among others. Her short film, The Man With The Western Hat, won the Audience Award at the 2017 Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image.
Cinder has also worked on 24 feature films and TV shows over the last ten years. Her credits include acclaimed indie hits The Big Sick, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and While We're Young.
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The Man In The Western Hat is inspired by the uniquely Brooklyn experience of questioning whether what you are seeing is real or not. In the concrete jungle where all types of people live and breathe, the man with the western hat steps from the screen and enters the real world. One woman is faced with an indistinguishable reality that will challenge her very merit and self.
Anna encounters a man dressed as a cowboy. He looks and is dressed remarkably like the handsome hero from the western, Ain’t Yeller, a film she’s stolen from the neighborhood punk. When the cowboy first appears to Anna, she’s in the midst of an awkward conversation with Maggie, the young woman with whom we see Anna on a date at the beginning of the film. It’s not that Anna isn’t attracted to Maggie or doesn’t want to pursue it further. Rather, she’s afraid of dealing with the potential seriousness of her feelings. The cowboy appears as a welcome distraction and an escape from the situation at hand. When she sees the cowboy turn from hero to villain, Anna knows what she must do. With a courage she never knew existed, she is inspired to take control of her life. Sometimes all we need is a little magic.