The MisAdventures of the Dunderheads [FILM SCREENING]
Thursday, March 28, 7PM | RECITAL HALL, SIMONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 54 ST. PHILIP STREET
In the MisAdventures of the Dunderheads meet an old Montana family who’ve been in the mountains too long, but they’re as all-American as apple pie and murder. Eccentric, strong-willed Grandmother Ira (Olympia Dukakis) is quietly raising her teenage grandkids, Womple (Haley Joel Osment) and Ella (Alison Brie) when Womple accidentally kills his best friend.
Before the local law can show up, Ira bundles the teenagers into an ancient Ford Falcon and takes off for her fantasy idea of a safe haven – Canada. There is one big problem. Ira can’t read – even highway signs – and leads the family on a bizarrely funny journey through the American West, ending up in Mexico. Granddaughter Ella is a pretty and immature 18-year-old wrapped up in a world of sexy fantasy that’s several degrees off kilter. She travels with a pillowcase full of headless dolls, and tries to kindle romance with gas station attendants every time they stop. Her method is successful until the penniless trio drives off without paying.
Her brother Womple is 17, going on ten. He believes his absent father is a famous big game hunter in Africa. Womple keeps busy ducking the trouble that plagues him everywhere he goes, all the while scheming on how to track down his missing dad. At journey’s end, on top of a Mexican volcano, the teenagers discover that their grandmother has always been their best friend in this both funny and poignant fable of the human family.
D. G. Brock
D.G. Brock spent her childhood in Alabama, Texas, and Colorado. She earned a degree in Motion Pictures/Television Production from the University of California, Los Angeles, where her screenplay, Jeremy Todd, was chosen as one of the five finalists in the prestigious Goldwyn Writing Awards. While a student at UCLA, she worked for legendary film producer, Roger Corman, where she gained experience writing, directing, and producing features, including the cult high school comedy, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Forever. She gained further experience as a screenwriter for the Disney Channel and on Disney’s Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. However, D.G.’s first love is independent film, and she has been a busy consultant and producer on over 20 features including Buffalo ’66, Tristan & Isolde, Girl in the Park, Southland Tales, The Brown Bunny, and the French film, Upside Down. MisAdventures of the Dunderheads won Best Feature Film at The Big Apple Film Festival at Tribeca Center (NYC) and was also featured at the Rhode Island and Orlando International Film Festivals. D.G. is currently finishing the screenplay for the next film she will direct, How To Be A Celebutante.
After graduating Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, Bruce Stubblefield edited numerous features for producers such as Roger Corman, and worked as an assistant director, production manager, and producer. In 1991, he produced Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Forever, a perennial money-maker that has remained in distribution with Lions Gate Entertainment since its original release. He was Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Editor on three Academy Award winners, Dances with Wolves, Speed and U-571. His sound credits also include The Santa Clause, Payback, A Knight’s Tale, Battle Los Angeles, and The Blind Side. Bruce is the producer of MisAdventures of the Dunderheads starring Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award Nominee Haley Joel Osment, and SAG Award winner, Alison Brie. After winning Best Feature Film at the Big Apple Festival at Tribeca Center, the film is distributed by international sales agency, Artist View Entertainment.
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Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street.