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Sat, Aug 08


Virtual Theatre

Around The Sun: Filmmaker Q&A

Join us online for a conversation with Director, Oliver Krimpas and Screenwriter, Jonathan Kiefer about their new film: Around the Sun. Q&A facilitated by Dr. Kelly Reidy, the host of Atlas Obscura's Accidental Discoveries. RSVP for Link.

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Around The Sun: Filmmaker Q&A
Around The Sun: Filmmaker Q&A

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Aug 08, 2020, 1:00 PM

Virtual Theatre

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Oliver Krimpas and Jonathan Kiefer discuss their new film Around The Sun: a cosmic love story about not being the center of the universe. Audience Q&A facilitated by Dr. Kelly Reidy. RSVP for link.

Around the Sun (2020) is now available in our Virtual Theatre.

Bernard (Gethin Anthony), a film location scout, tours a repossessed and crumbling French château. Over the course of an afternoon, he falls for both the place and its owner’s flirtatious representative, Maggie (Cara Theobold), who recounts the story of an influential popular-science book written and set there. But is their present-tense connection for real, or just a projection of the book’s 17th-century characters? Trailer:

Dr. Kelly Reidy is a storyteller, performer, and theoretical physicist based in New York City. She is the host of Atlas Obscura's Accidental Discoveries series, is a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute and has traveled the world as a creative consultant with Museum Hack. In her spare time, she writes and performs small songs about, among other things, love and mathematics. Find her on IG and Twitter: @drunkascheese

Oliver Krimpas was born in London to Greek and British parents, and raised in London and Athens. He received a degree from Bristol University and a Master's in Film from Boston University.

His film career began as an office assistant to producer Jeremy Thomas on the productions of The Sheltering Sky and Naked Lunch. He subsequently produced commercials and music videos in Los Angeles before basing himself permanently in London from 1997, where he has directed (and often also produced) commercials, corporate films, and short films.

Oliver’s four short fiction films have been shown at more than fifty international festivals, and the latest, Ghost in the Machine, has garnered 10 awards. He recently made the move into television drama, directing nine episodes of the BBC drama Doctors.

Around the Sun is his first feature film, on which he serves as director, producer and editor.

The inaugural editorial director of the online film-streaming service Fandor, Jonathan Kiefer also has written about arts and culture for publications including Esquire, LA Weekly, the New York Times, the New Republic, and the Village Voice. As a contributing writer for San Francisco magazine, he helped that publication earn a National Magazine Award in 2010 and a nomination for one in 2011.

​Jon also has worked in the production departments on films by Steven Spielberg, Gus Van Sant, David Mamet, and Nicholas Hytner, among several others. His own award-winning short films have been shown at festivals throughout the United States. Recently he has served as a short film juror and program notes writer for the San Francisco International Film Festival, a member of the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab, an editorial advisor for American Zoetrope, and a staff member at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater. Currently he's developing his next movie projects by way of a 2020 FilmHouse residency from SFFILM. Jon's first experience on a movie set was playing the lead role in a master’s thesis film by director Oliver Krimpas when they both were students at Boston University.

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