Other Worlds Film Festival is pleased to announce the Texas premiere of the time-travel romantic dramedy SPEED OF LIFE. This special screening will take place on Wednesday, August 28 (7:30pm) at Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre. We're so excited to be hosting writer/director Liz Manashil as our special guest and to ask her all the questions.
SPEED OF LIFE made its World Premiere at Atlanta Film Festival this April and has gone on to screen at the likes of Provincetown, Nashville, and Beloit International Film Festivals.
Equal parts comedy, mystery, drama, and May-December romance, SPEED OF LIFE is unlike any time-travel film you’ve seen. David Bowie was an other-worldly cultural icon missed by many. Writer-director Liz Manahsil’s use of his death as the catalyst for a dramatic, sudden, and literal rift in a young couple’s relationship is unexpected, yet strangely fitting.
“SPEED OF LIFE is a joy from start to finish,” says Don Elfant, Other Worlds Director of Marketing & Development. “It’s an intimate film with a big premise. The acting, Ann Dowd in particular, lives up to the stellar writing. We are so lucky to be able to present it to a Texas audience for the first time."
Featuring a small ensemble cast including Allison Tolman (FARGO), Ray Santiago (ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD), and Ann Dowd (THE HANDMAID’S TALE) in a much-deserved starring role, this quietly lovely SciFi romance packs a punch in spite of - or perhaps because of - its small, independent roots.
In 2016, June and Edward are in the midst of an argument when Edward suddenly falls into a wormhole created by David Bowie’s death. In 2040, June continues to mourn the loss of Edward while facing the dark reality of being locked away along with the rest of society’s senior citizens. Unwilling to disappear, June begins to plan her escape when Edward suddenly reappears in her life.
About Liz Manashil (writer/director):
Manashil earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Post graduation, Liz spent several years as a film critic for the PBS/Hulu series "Just Seen It" (which she also helped produce and direct). Overlapping this, Liz worked with distribution guru Peter Broderick. Her debut feature, "Bread and Butter", was called "an absolute must-watch for women everywhere" by HelloGiggles. It was released by The Orchard and can be seen on VOD nearly everywhere (including Hulu!). Liz is currently in post-production on her second feature film, "Speed of Life", and lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Laura Palmer, and her partner, Sean Wright. She is the Manager of Sundance Institute's Creative Distribution Initiative
About Ann Dowd (star):
Dowd was the recipient of the 2017 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Aunt Lydia on THE HANDMAID’S TALE. Her recent film credits include CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, COLLATERAL BEAUTY, and COMPLIANCE. Her television roles include THE LEFTOVERS and MASTERS OF SEX, and she has been seen on Broadway in THE SEAGULL, TAKING SIDES, and CANDIDA.
About Allison Tolman (star):
Born in Sugarland, Texas, Tolman earned a BFA in theatrical performance from Baylor University. After graduation, she moved to Dallas where she helped found and foster the ensemble-based non-profit Second Thought Theatre. In 2009, she was accepted into Second City's Conservatory Training Program and later went on to write and perform sketch and satire with several groups throughout Chicago, most notably the monthly comedy podcast The City Life Supplement. She has since appeared in numerous films and television shows, including FARGO and KRAMPUS.
About Ray Santiago (star):
Santiago is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent. Raised in NYC, he began his career in early 2000s. In 2004 he acted in films like GIRLFIGHT and MEET THE FOCKERS, but fame came in 2015 when Santiago got a life-changing lead role in ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD.
About Jeff Perry (co-star):
Perry is a co-founder of Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The School at Steppenwolf, where he continues to teach and direct. Jeff has also appeared on television in SCANDAL, GREY’S ANATOMY, THIRTYSOMETHING, and MY SO-CALLED LIFE.