SAG Foundation - Screening of ‘Touchy Feely’ and Q&A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Starring: Rosemarie DeWitt and Josh Pais, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, Tomo Nakayama
TOUCHY FEELY is a closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between her and her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy.) Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice as well as his life outside the office. As Abby navigates her way through a soul-searching identity crisis, her formerly skeptical brother discovers a whole new side of himself. TOUCHY FEELY is about the experience of living in one’s own skin, both literally and figuratively. The film, written and directed by Shelton, and co-starring Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and newcomer Tomo Nakayama (of the indie rock band Grand Hallway), is filmed on location in Shelton’s hometown and urban muse of Seattle.
**Official Selection 2013 Sundance Film Festival**
Runtime: 90 minutes
*This event will be moderated by Chuck Rose, Executive Director, Arthouse Film Festival.
LYNN SHELTON (Writer / Director) Born and raised in Seattle, Lynn Shelton studied photography and acting before transitioning into film editing andexperimental / documentary filmmaking. Shelton's first narrative feature as a writer/director, WE GO WAY BACK, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at Slamdance 2006. Her second feature, MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE, premiered at SXSW 2008 and earned her the Independent Spirit "Someone to Watch" Award. HUMPDAY, her third feature, premiered at Sundance 2009, where it picked up a special jury prize and was bought by Magnolia Pictures. HUMPDAY was also shown at Director's Fortnight in Cannes and picked up prizes at the Edinburgh, Deauville and Gijon film festivals. The film was released theatrically in July 2009 and received the John Cassavetes Award at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. YOUR SISTER'S SISTER, starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011 and was released theatrically by IFC Films in 2012. The film received the 2012 Gotham Award for Best Ensemble. Shelton has also been a guest director on the acclaimed AMC television series "Mad Men", directing the episode "Hands & Knees," which aired in September 2010.
JOSH PAIS (Paul) Josh Pais has acted in over 85 feature films and TV shows. He can soon be seen starring opposite Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney and Scoot McNairy in Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, which premiered at 2013’s Sundance Film Festival. He’s also playing a major Hollywood player in Showtime’s upcoming series, Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voigt. Upcoming films include Are We Officially Dating? with Zac Efron and Aram Rappaport’s Syrup. Recent releases include Arbitrage with Richard Gere, Price Check with Parker Posey, Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass with Edward Norton, Please Give with Catherine Keener, Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, and Charlie Kaufman’s Synechdoche New York. Past movies include: Gentleman Broncos, Assassination of a High School President, Year Of The Dog, Teeth, Find Me Guilty, Little Manhattan, Phone Booth, Swimming, Scream 3, Music of The Heart, A Civil Action, Rounders, Safe Men, and Pais started his career playing Raphael in the original live actionTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. On TV Josh has guest-starred on numerous shows including: Psych, Two Broke Girls, How to Make It In America, Law and Order (all of them…), Damages, Rescue Me, The Sopranos, The Bronx is Burning, and Sex and The City. Josh was also a series regular on Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues and NBC’s Outlaw. Josh Pais is the creator and sole master teacher of The Committed Impulse Actor Training, http://committedimpulse.com/, and has had the honor to share the work with thousands of actors and entrepreneurs around the world.
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