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03 March Friday

Halfway to Zen

BowTie Criterion, 1331 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230 United States


Halfway to Zen (dir. Toby Poser)
After release from prison, Nick is flipping burgers and trying towalk a straight line. He takes care of his father, Pop, who’s forgotten what a terrible dad he once was. His dementia is escalating faster than the trains that pass through their small American town.

All Nick has is memories -beautiful, painful and discolored with violence. But Nick is given a shot at making new ones with Edie, the 11 year-old daughter he lost a decade ago– only Edie is now Eddie, insisting she’s a boy, and she’s come with her mother, Vick, who’s got her own problems– not least of which is Nick.

It’s a ragtag team of bulletproof misfits, each hoping to shed the past and grow new skin. The road to peace is rugged, though, and the map is all wrong. But the first step will get you halfway there.

Narrative Feature - United States, 1:35:30

Halfway to Zen

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Artist Bio

Directed by Toby Poser

John Adams, Toby Poser, and their daughters, Lulu and Zelda, are a film making family under the creative marquis of Wonder Wheel Productions. They have 4 features undertheir belts: Rumblestrips(2012), Knuckle Jack(2013), The Shoot(2014)— all earning a hearty reception on the indie festival circuit, including Best in Show and Audience awards— and their latest Halfway to Zen(2016).

For each they’ve employed the same DIY ethic — between the four of them, they write, direct, produce; they shoot,edit, act. John serves as DP and also composes the music and edits; Toby produces. When not in front of the camera, they all shoot and record sound– the kids (aged 17 and 12) included. The family lives in Topanga, CA and the Catskill Mountains of New York where John and Toby are currently at work on their 5th and 6th features.


March 3
6:00 pm - 7:35 pm
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Venue Name: BowTie Criterion
Address: 1331 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230 United States

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Event Info

Director: John Adams & Toby Poser
Running Time: 95