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Saturday, NOVEMBER 2nd

Keynote PRESENTATION:

The creators of “Greener Grass”

10am - Main Theater



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Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe

are an award-winning writing and directing team based in Los Angeles. Both veteran performers at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Jocelyn and Dawn partnered in 2015 and formed Gulp Splash Productions. Their first feature, “Greener Grass,” premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was recently acquired by IFC Midnight. They wrote, directed, and co-star in the film alongside Beck Bennett (“SNL”), Neil Casey (“Ghostbusters”), Mary Holland (“Veep”), and D’Arcy Carden (“The Good Place”). “Greener Grass” is a dark comedy based on their 2016 SXSW award-winning short film by the same name. Following its premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France, the “Greener Grass” short received a distribution deal with Canal + in Europe and Africa. Jocelyn and Dawn recently directed two episodes of TruTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything”. In 2017, they sold a television pilot to IFC. They have written and produced three short films which have appeared in over 70 film festivals worldwide. They won “Best Direction” for their short, "The Arrival" at Funcinema Crítica de Cine in Argentina. “The Arrival” also was named “Best International Short Film” at the Roma International Short Film Festival, “Best Short Film” in the Lounge Comedy Shorts program at the The Napa Valley Film Festival, “Best Comedy” at the Way Down Film Festival in Georgia, and the Audience Award at The Chicago Critics Film Festival.

 

Where to find Jocelyn

 

Where to find Dawn


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Natalie Metzger

VP, Production & Development for Vanishing Angle 


Natalie Metzger is a Spirit Award nominated producer whose credits include Jim Cummings’ newest film THE WEREWOLF, GREENER GRASS (Sundance), THUNDER ROAD (Grand Jury Award at SXSW), THE ROBBERY (Sundance), MATPAT’S GAME LAB (Streamy Award), among numerous others. Metzger’s directing credits include ALONE IN THE GAME (AFI Docs, Frameline, Outfest); SPECIAL BLOOD (Best Feature Doc at CWFF) and numerous award-winning commercials, PSAs, and short films. Metzger also won the Gold Prize at the Page International Screenwriting Awards for her script IMMORTAL. Metzger holds an MFA from CalArts and a BA from Emory University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.


“Greener Grass” is that kind of movie, as if a movie quite like this has ever existed before. It’s a square peg in a sea of round holes…
— Peter Debruge, Variety

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About “Greener Grass”

Release Date: October 18th, 2019

In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) are locked in a passive aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of Jill's life--starting with her newborn daughter. Meanwhile, a psycho yoga teacher killer is on the loose, Jill's husband (Beck Bennett) has developed a curious taste for pool water, and Lisa is pregnant with a soccer ball. That's just the tip of the gloriously weird iceberg that is the feature debut from writers-directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, a hilariously demented, Stepford Wives-on-acid satire destined to be an instant cult classic.