|NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Demon on Wheels and Damon at 86th Street
The NYWIFT Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. The screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, followed by networking at a nearby bar.Can love outrun a fast car? A former speed demon and rumrunner, now an aging mechanic in a sleepy Catskill Mountains town, risks it all — his health, his security, even the love of his life — when he vows to restore and race the prized car of his wild youth, a 1968 Ford Mustang that's been hidden away for 35 years. Now a self-described "old man in an old car," Mike Ondish wants to chase racing glory one last time, hoping to rekindle the spark in his relationship, and rediscover the thrill of a fast car and the wide-open road. But will his quest to restore the car, bolt by bolt, as a tribute to Carroll Shelby (the racing legend who gave the Mustang its muscle) restore him? Or will a love triangle between Mike, his girlfriend Martha and the Demon lead him to crash and burn? And what happens when a car becomes “the other woman?”
Join us for this month's feature Demon on Wheels by member Christina Eliopoulos and the short film Damon on 86th Street by Emily Sheskin. Filmmakers will be available for a Q&A immediately following the film.
Demon on Wheels
Christina Eliopoulos (Director)
2015, 87 min
Christina Eliopoulos' Demon on Wheels is the second documentary feature by the New Jersey native. Her film Greetings From Asbury Park, a personal look at how eminent domain affects a family and a small town, premiered on PBS in May 2009. Eliopoulos’ narrative work reflects her interests in magical realism and female identity. Recently she was named as a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Competition for her script King of Florida. The Schaduwen, a supernatural thriller set on Staten Island, is a television series she is co-writing and co-producing. Additionally, she has directed music videos, documentary shorts, brand films and advocacy pieces in partnership with Waif & Stray/Free Market Films.
Damon at 86th Street Damon C. Scott is a well known subway and street performer. He is also the voice of the #1 hit song Look Right Through (by Storm Queen, remixed by DJ Mark "MK" Kinchen).
Emily Sheskin (Director/Editor)
2015, 8:22 min
Emily Sheskin is a director and editor who has worked on award-winning documentaries, television specials and advertising campaigns. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Creativity, Fast Company's CoCreate, and Huffington Post. Her latest documentary, Damon at 86th Street, was also featured in publications that include The Atlantic, FACT and Complex.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Mar. 16, 2018