The Hodag by Hadrien Royo
New York (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 14 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 10th, 8:30PM Juried Films Part 2
It is the story of eleven-year-old Amy, a girl who encounters the mysterious Hodag and believes, at all costs, that it is real. Unfortunately, her father is the kind of man who doesn't believe in magical creatures lurking around the forest. And so Amy sets out to prove that the Hodag really exists.
Hadrien grew up in Paris, where he graduated from Law School only to decide that he wanted follow his dream to become a filmmaker. He was chosen as a recipient for the Carla-Bruni Sarkozy Foundation Fellowship, funded by John A. Paulson. As he completing his MFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, he had multiple exhibitions, most notably a multimedia exhibitions in NYC at the 80WSE Gallery (NYC), at the International Festival of Photography in Pingyao (China).
Danielle Trussoni is the New York Times Bestselling author of theAngelology series, and the author of the award-winning memoir, Falling Through the Earth. This is her first foray into film. Her next project is to create a television series based on her novels.
This film celebrate a culture we don't see very often. The Hodag captures a unique and under-filmed part of the world and shows a totally new aspect of the culture of Wisconsin and the Midwest. If you're from the Midwest, this is about having pride in a very special part of the world.
The Hodag is a symbol of the power of the imagination. When Amy sees the Hodag, she believes that magic is real, and that everyday life can be touched by the extraordinary. Dreams make the world spin for Amy and for everyone.