THE OPPOSITE OF A FAIRY TALE
Directed by Jennifer Betit Yen, Youn Jung Kim & Conor Stratton
When Celeste, a kind social worker, meets Josephine, an elderly patient in a nursing home, the two develop a close friendship. Soon, her family comes to visit and it becomes apparent that Josephine has fallen victim to one of America’s hidden epidemics: elder abuse.
Post Screening Panel:
Jennifer Betit Yen, Writer/Producer, THE OPPOSITE OF A FAIRY TALE
Nikole Marone, Actor, THE OPPOSITE OF A FAIRY TALE
Jennifer Betit Yen hosts the television series Film Lab Presents and will appear on season 8 of the TV series Royal Pains on FX. She is known for voicing the lead character of Avery in the popular Random House series, The Beacon Street Girls. Her film credits include the leads in Interrogation, I’m Not Colorblind, The Martini, Stalemates, and A Reading of Tristan & Isolde. She played Beauty in The Delivery, a short film released as part of The Lewis Carroll Box Set, which also won first place in the premier fantasy film festival, Dragon*Con, in Atlanta and showed at the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, the Burbank Film Festival and the REEL Women International Film Festival. She receievd shout outs by the New York Times and Backstage Magazine for her work as a stage actor in New York City and played lead roles in the series La La Land and My Not So subConscious. www.jen-yen.com
Youn Jung Kim is New-York based multidisciplinary artist. She holds an MFA in theater from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in theater and drama from University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a theater artist, she has created original works integrating mixed media. Her directing work consists of a multimedia-music-martial arts ballet “The Sweet Science Suite: A Scientific Soul Music Honoring of Muhammad Ali” was seen by the public at 2013 BAM Next Wave Festival. Kim is a member of Basic Engineering Collective, a multidisciplinary theatre group and has involved as a co-creator for the work-in-progress devised theater piece, “The Gathering” which performed at Dixon Place, NY and The Shop in Richmond, VA. Stage manager credits in New York include Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon! at La MaMa. She also coordinated the Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition and was the first woman in the competition’s 11 year history to do so. A professional editor and videographer, Kim has also worked on numerous media productions as an editor and filmmaker, including “Cooking with Granny.” Kim is also Location Scout, Graphic Design and Concept Artist, Location Supervisor, and Post Production Supervisor on The Opposite of a Fairy Tale.
Conor Stratton is an award-winning filmmaker and native New Yorker who has been directing and shooting short films, features, commercials, and music videos for most of his life . He grew up in the oft-filmed neighborhood of Tribeca in lower Manhattan, but his love for movies stems back to an early fostering of interest by his family and teachers. Working as a production assistant on an independent feature at 16, as well as a strong new media program in high school, led Stratton to a film directing conservatory — which he would leave early to pursue on-set experience and studying his craft independently. Classes at The New School in acting, photography, and video editing, as well as learning what he could from mentors such as the renowned French cinematographer Jean Louis Bompoint, Stratton developed his unique talent for crafting stunningly beautiful images. He worked in the camera department, learning what he could as an operator and assistant, and began accumulating work as a cinematographer, traveling the world shooting travelogues and documentaries, before returning to New York to pursue further work as a filmmaker. At 25, he wrote and directed Killing the Dog, an ambitious independent feature about a werewolf who embarks on an odyssey through the magical underbelly of New York City, starring Dave Gelles, Lauren McCune, and Josh Evans. The film won a Manny for Outstanding Film at the Take Two International Film Festival, where it premiered in 2013, and went on to screen at New Filmmakers and the New York Independent Film Festival. Six Part Productions, the independent production company started by Stratton and McCune to produce Killing the Dog, went on to produce Stratton’s subsequent short films, including Between I & You and Flora, as well as music videos for Julia Weldon, Alyssa Robbins, and The Stationary Set. Six Part would take on new partners in actor-producer Josh Evans, writer-producer Matthew Klein, and writer-producer Rebecca Jane Stokes , and has been successfully producing independent theatre in New York City since 2014. Stratton also regularly teaches cinematography and pre-production workshops at ESRA NY, a French film school where he has supervised dozens of short films since 2009. He lives in Brooklyn. http://www.conorjstratton.com