Summer Texts by Marc Kornblatt
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 4 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 10th, 3:30PM
An old guy and a dude half his age taunt each other with text messages that culminate into a face-to-face confrontation.
Born in Edison, NJ, Marc Kornblatt started out as an actor in New York after college (Brandeis Univ.). He turned to playwriting, earned an MA in journalism (NYU), and has since written for magazines and newspapers, published children’s books, produced plays, married, moved to Wisconsin, become a father and a school teacher. Making music videos with students led to short narratives, documentaries and the founding of Refuge Films.
His first feature-length doc, STREET PULSE, aired on Wisconsin Public TV and was screened at festivals in Beloit, Cincinnati and Madison. His second feature, DOSTOEVSKY BEHIND BARS, won a Wisconsin Film Festival 2014 Golden Badger Award and has since been selected by festivals in Philadelphia, Louisville, Kansas City, Des Moines and Dubuque. The film has also been aired on Wisconsin Public Television and most recently was named a Media For a Just Society Award finalist by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
I first met Anthony Smith at the elementary school where he (physical education) and I (fifth grade) taught. Though young enough to be my son, his sense of humor and antic personality matched my own, and we became buds.
Our initial work mainly amounted to cutting up in front of our students in and outside my classroom. That lead to collaborating on music videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbn0fuzv5CQ), a short documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnmtCcZPnS0) , a short horror film and an 11-edpisode improvisational web series SIT DOWN WITH SMITH AND KORNBLATT. http://refugefilms.net/sit-down-with-smith-and-kornblatt
SUMMER TEXTS grew naturally out of our web series. Smith, an energetic young man enjoying his summer vacation, was too busy to learn lines, let alone rehearse, so I had to be creative writing this short narrative. Hopefully, Anthony will sit down long enough to watch the completed film before I'm ready to kick the bucket...