On July 28, "Playing with Ice," the latest co-production of Runaway Pen and Stories by the River, was released through the Stories by the River website. The film, which focuses on the story of a young gay woman's search for a new life after being rejected by her family, has been met with enthusiastic responses from audiences at both the premire and from comments sent to the director by viewers that have purchaed or rented the film through www.StoriesByTheRiver.org.
The twenty-minute drama stars Laura Menzie and Kate Paulsen, was co-written by Andrew Gilbert and Mikel J. Wisler, and directed by Wisler. The film was shot in early April and completed in July in time fo the July 28 release. This is the second short film Runaway Pen has co-produced with Stories by the River, and the third RPP film that SbtR currently distributes.
"Playing with Ice" also marks the first colaboration for Wisler as director working with cinematographer Bryant Naro. The film was shot with the same camera (Sony FS100) and lenses (Zeiss SuperSpeed Mark II cine primes) as Wisler's first producing colaboration with Stories by the River.
While the topic may be seen as controversial in some circles, we believe this story has a powerfully universal appeal in dealing with longing for a new life and connection with people around us. "Playing with Ice" is currently being submitted to film festivals. Click here buy or rent "Playing with Ice."