OPENING NIGHT FILM – THE PEZ OUTLAW w/ El Portafolio
Set in the glorious 1990s, the film follows the adventures of Steve Glew, a small-town Michigan man who heads to Eastern Europe in a dual effort to pull his family out of poverty and escape his boring job. Steve becomes the hero of his own adventure, smuggling the rarest of goods (Pez dispensers) into the U.S. and making millions in the process. It was all magical until his arch-nemesis, the Pezident, sets out to destroy him. At its core, the film is designed to be fun and entertaining, but Steve’s story is also about family, true love, mental health, and ultimately, a man who defies expectations and finds his purpose.Directors' Bio:Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel are wife/husband documentary filmmakers best known for producing The Legend of Cocaine Island (Netflix 2019) and the Emmy Award Winning documentary, Alabama Snake (HBO 2020). Bryan also directed the ESPN 30-for-30 film The Bad Boy of Bowling and an Emmy-nominated episode of HBO’s State of Play. Storkel’s latest producing venture is the upcoming Reading Rainbow documentary, Butterfly in the Sky. The Pez Outlaw is Amy’s directorial debut."What a colorful set of characters opening a window into this little known crazy world of pez collectors! I can’t imagine a better quintessentially American hero following his unique path and realizing his dreams with passion, innocence, and an iron will." –BendFilm Team
Clutching an intriguing looking briefcase, a man arrives home late to his concerned wife. Curious to hear the tale of his tardiness she pries the story from him. A story that involves giving a ride to an oddly behaved hitchhiker who was walking along the edge of the tarmac, holding the aforementioned case. Reluctant to accept the ride the strange hitchhiker realizes he has very little options given his location. Once in the car and back on the road stifled conversation and non answers confuse our innocent driver. Hoping to get something from the stranger our man inquiries about the briefcase, where he is met with rude resistance. Director's Bio:Scottie Cameron is an Australian born director and photographer living and working in Los Angeles California. Intrigued by the mundane and ordinary Scottie's work aims to tell stories the simplest way possible.