Proxy

Proxy

Kristina Klebe stars in PROXY, a film by Zack Parker. Picture courtesy Along The Tracks Productions. All rights reserved.

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Proxy (2013/2014)

Opened: 04/18/2014 Limited

World Premiere09/10/2013
Limited04/18/2014
IFC Center04/18/2014 - 04/24/20147 days

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Genre: European-style Suspense/Thriller

Rated: Unrated

From the director of the critically acclaimed SCALENE, comes the indie-thriller PROXY

While walking home from her latest OB appointment, a very pregnant Esther Woodhouse is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. This horrible event seems to be a blessing in disguise when Esther finds consolation in a support group. Her life of sadness and solitude is opened up to friendship, understanding, and even acceptance. However, friendship and understanding can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.

Synopsis

Esther (Alexia Rasmussen) feels alone in this world. When she is viciously attacked by a hooded assailant, it almost seems to be a blessing in disguise when Esther finds consolation in a support group, especially from the kindly Melanie (Alexa Havins). The two women strike up a close friendship and Esther's life of sadness and solitude is opened up to understanding and even acceptance. However, their bond gets increasingly dangerous as they can no longer tell what's real and what's in their heads.

Anchored by a trio of strong female performances from Havins, Rasmussen, and Kristina Klebe as a dangerous jilted girlfriend, Proxy also features a standout performance from mumblecore auteur Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Drinking Buddies) as Melanie's husband.

From writer/director Zack Parker -- whose credits include the perceptual thriller Scalene -- the pulse-pounding Proxy delves into dark, unnerving territory as it constantly elicits the unexpected and forces you to question all that you've seen.

Director's Statement

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by cinema. At first, it was its simple unmatched combination of picture and sound to tell a story, seduced by its command of my senses, along with its ability to transform me to any time and any place. But, as I grew, I was introduced to filmmakers who pushed the form of cinema. Filmmakers that brought it, and me, to places I'd never expected before. I became more intrigued by the lies of film, its manipulation, its misdirection.

With my previous film, SCALENE, I attempted to explore human perception. Utilizing the three structural forms of storytelling; reverse, non-linear, and linear, the film followed three characters and their perceived chain of events surrounding a sexual assault. I loved that the audience was constantly shifting their opinions of which character they believed, and also with whom they sided.

We have become several generations of movie-goers now, and I feel we have developed a certain expectation of how stories are told. My hope with PROXY is to challenge those expectations, to knock you off balance from the start, and to leave you trying to establish footing until the theatre goes black.

I struggle with calling PROXY a horror film. It's not about zombies, or creatures, or supernatural entities. But, it is about the most terrifying thing I can think of: people.

-- Zack Parker, Director

About the Cast

Alexia Rasmussen (Esther Woodhouse)

Best known for her performance as a deaf girl who falls in love with a singer/songwriter in the critically acclaimed feature film LISTEN TO YOUR HEART, Rasmussen trained at the Experimental Theater Wing, the Classical Studio and the International Theater Wing in Amsterdam, all of which were part of her time at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Alexa Havins (Melanie Michaels)

Havins has been a series regular on ALL MY CHILDREN as well as TORCHWOOD. She has also guest starred on countless television series including CASTLE, GREY'S ANATOMY, CSI: NY, CSI: MIAMI, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT and a variety of other television and film productions. She studied acting in New York at the prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School.

Kristina Klebe (Anika Baron)

Klebe rose to fame in the horror genre after starring in the 2007 remake of HALLOWEEN. She's been on the cover of MAXIM magazine, and has guest starred in myriad television shows including LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, CSI: MIAMI, and CRIMINAL MINDS.

Joe Swanberg (Patrick Michaels)

An independent filmmaker and actor known for micro-budget dramas which make extensive use of improvisation, Swanberg is considered a major figure in the mumblecore film movement. His projects often focus on relationships, sex, technology, and the filmmaking process. Credits include: V/H/S (also director), WHITE REINDEER, DRINKING BUDDIES, DETONATOR

About the Filmmakers

Zack Parker (Writer/Director)

Parker's most recent directorial effort, SCALENE, his most ambitious and successful film to date, went on to win the coveted Grand Jury Award for Best Feature at Dances With Films in Los Angeles, CA in 2011. The "perceptual thriller" stars veteran character actress Margo Martindale, Hanna Hall, and Adam Scarimbolo, and was designated a "Critic's Pick" by both the New York Times and Filmmaker Magazine.

Always returning to the Midwest to shoot his films, Parker has directed and produced 6 shorts, the most recent of which, DECEPTION, debuted at the Slamdunk Film Festival in Park City, Utah in 2001. INEXCHANGE marked the feature directorial debut for Parker in 2006, a film he began writing at Ball State nine years earlier. After a successful festival run, Parker's second feature, QUENCH, was released in October 2008 to much critical acclaim. The film won the award for Best Director at the New York International Independent Film Festival, and was named "one of the best films of the year" by Rogue Cinema.

Parker is originally from the small town of Richmond, Indiana where he began making films at age 11. Acquiring a deep passion and interest in film as he grew, Zack went on to study filmmaking at Ball State University in Muncie, IN and later at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.

Faust Checho (Producer)

In 2009 Faust co-founded Mr. Big Productions to develop and produce his first feature film, Harrison Smith's psychological thriller, "The Fields." Faust oversaw all aspects of production and starred in the film with Academy-Award Winner Cloris Leachman, and Tara Reid. "The Fields" received critical acclaim on the festival circuit before being picked up for distribution by Breaking Glass Pictures. It has become their all-time best selling DVD.

Faust was born in Allentown and raised in northeast Pennsylvania. He realized his passion for acting at Hartwick College and graduated with a B.A in Theatre Arts. In NYC Faust spent a year training under the tutelage of Mike Nichols and George Morrison at the New Actors Workshop. He later went on to earn a Master's in Acting from the New School for Drama (New School University).

Checho also works as a Development Executive with Evergreen Media Group (THE CONJURING) and continues to study acting with renowned acting coaches Larry Moss, Patsy Rodenburg, and Jean-Louis Rodrigue. PROXY is Faust's second film as Producer, the first under his FSC Productions banner.

Kevin Donner (Screenwriter)

Kevin is a professional writer with a Master's degree in screenwriting from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Proxy is his first produced screenplay.

Synopsis

A very pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Rasmussen) is walking home after her latest OB appointment, when she is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. When Esther seeks consolation in a support group, she finds friendship and empathy in Melanie (Havins), another mother scarred with tragedy. Esther soon begins to believe that the horrific event might be a bittersweet act of fate. However, friendship and empathy can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.

PROXY is a European-style suspense-thriller that promises to challenge the traditional cinematic form. Parker has reunited with The Newton Brothers (SCALENE, DETACHMENT, with score contributions to BABEL, DA VINCI CODE) to compose the score, as well as Jim Timperman as Director of Photography to lens the film. A notable addition to Parker's crew is seasoned Special F/X Make-Up artist James Ojala (TRUE BLOOD, HELLBOY II, LADY IN THE WATER, X-MEN: LAST STAND). PROXY was shot on location in Eastern Indiana last summer, and looks to begin its festival run this fall.

 

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