NYWIFT Member Amanda Cole is the director and producer of Quill and the Man, a project that is currently crowdfunding.Amanda Cole studied experimental film at Massachusetts College of Art graduating with academic distinction in 2008. She was invited into the Writers Guild of America East for web seriesPeripheral City and has been a member since 2010. She is a prodigious screenwriter and was quarter finalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in 2013. Her web pilots are Peripheral City (2009), Strand (2011), and High Falls (2014). She was able to direct the SAG/WGAE Bi-Annual Table Read Series at Lincoln Center in 2014, directing Scott Adsit, Taye Diggs, Steve Schirippa and Rachel Dratch.
Quill's three year meteoric rise opening for bands like The Who, The Velvet Underground and Janis Joplin culminated in playing the legendary Woodstock Festival before abruptly disappearing from the Woodstock album, the feature film, and then the music scene itself. What happened to these guys who were destined for stardom and glory? One band member's daughter sniffs out inconsistencies until a fifty-year-old story of why Quill failed falls apart.
Amanda is the daughter of Jon Cole, a band member of Quill. The documentary uncovers mystery and lies– seemingly inconsequential at the time– but which had a profound impact on Amanda's father, his band, and his family. Quill was omitted from the Woodstock movie, which is what Amanda believes tanked their career. She plans to rectify that with lost footage. This is not only a missing piece of rock history, but it's also a rock mystery, with a unique American family drama across generations at its heart.
The deadline to donate is January 17, 2018!
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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: Dec. 4, 2017