High school classmates April, Nick, and Ben are a close circle of friends up until the summer before college when April and Nick, who have been dating for two years, suddenly break up. As Ben struggles to maintain both friendships, he introduces his childhood friend Clara who begins to date Nick and covertly becomes best friends with April. Now Ben is stuck in the middle, hanging out with the two girls behind his best friend’s back. Plus, Nick and April still have feelings for each other. Now everyone has secrets and everyone feels like the third wheel. The group’s dynamic gets very complicated as they try to navigate their last few weeks together before leaving town.
There will be a short Q&A with Jeremy Garelick, Michael Schade and Will Phelps after the screening, moderated by Zain Meghji.
RUN TIME: 88 minutes
PREMIERE STATUS: Vancouver Premiere
GENRE: Comedy, Drama
DIRECTOR: Benjamin Kasulke
PRODUCERS: Jeremy Garelick, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Will Phelps, Glen Trotiner, Sam Slater
SCREENWRITER: Hannah Marks, Joey Power
LEAD CAST: Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato, Dylan Sprouse, Luke Spencer Roberts, Meagan Kimberly Smith, Haley Ramm, Jessica Hecht, Addison Riecke, Jacob Batalon
CONTACT: American High
AWARDS / NOMINATIONS:
• Nominee, US Fiction Award (Best Film) – Los Angeles Film Festival 2018
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR – BEN KASULKE
Ben Kasulke is an award winning Director and Director of Photography who began his based in Los Angeles and New York.
In 2006, Ben received the Kodak Vision Award his cinematography on Lynn Shelton's We Go Way Back from the Slamdance Film Festival. Ben lensed the Sundance Special Jury Prize winning Humpday which won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Kasulke was invited to serve as a Director of Photography for the Sundance Institute Feature Film Director's Labs in 2011 and 2012. After his nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for his work on Megan Griffiths' The Off Hours in 2012, Variety Magazine listed Kasulke among it’s 10 Cinematographers To Watch. Ben was the recipient of the Seattle Mayor's Award For Outstanding Achievement In Film and received the Stranger's Genius Award in Film in 2013. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited Ben Kasulke to join it’s Cinematography Branch in 2015.
Ben’s television credits include the series ‘The Heart She Holler’ (Adult Swim), ‘Review’ (Comedy Central), ‘Married’ (FX), ‘There’s Johnny’ (Hulu), ‘Red Oaks’ (Amazon Studios), and MOPZ (Adult Swim). Ben Kasulke's feature film credits include Brand Upon The Brain!, Humpday, The Off Hours, The Catechism Cataclysm, Keyhole, Your Sister’s Sister, Safety Not Guaranteed, Touchy Feely, Rat Pack Rat, Laggies, Seances, Dreamland and The Forbidden Room. Kasulke's work has screened at multiple film festivals including Toronto, Berlin, Sundance, and Cannes Film Festival Director's Fortnight. His feature film work has been released by A24, IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures, Film District, and The Criterion Collection.
Banana Split is Ben Kasulke’s directorial debut.
DIRECTOR, THE WEDDING RINGER
Through impactful storytelling, creative integrity and commercial appeal, Jeremy Garelick has become an industry leader, creating some of the most successful comedies ever.
Jeremy started in the mailroom at the Creative Artists Agency, before going on to work as assistant to legendary writer/director, Joel Schumacher on Tigerland, Bad Company, Phone Booth, and Veronica Guerin.
Jeremy made his feature screenplay debut with the Vince Vaughn vehicle The Break-Up and followed that by teaming up with Todd Phillips to pen the production draft of The Hangover, establishing himself as the go-to A-list comedy writer in Hollywood. In 2015 Jeremy directed his first feature film, The Wedding Ringer starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.
The last year has been a busy one for Jeremy. Between writing, directing, and show running his Netflix original limited series, Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever., and executive producing his YouTube Red original, Side Swiped, Jeremy also formed his own production company, American High. Staked with a $45 million film fund, American High has shot five indie comedies in Garelick’s recently acquired school-turned-studio in Syracuse, NY, including Big Time Adolescence, starring Pete Davidson, Jon Cryer, and Sydney Sweeney, which was recently invited to compete in dramatic competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
The company plans to shoot five more indie films in 2019. In addition, Jeremy will direct and produce a slate of three higher budget high school comedy features, also through his production company, American High. The projects will be shot simultaneously in Syracuse, New York, starting in the summer of 2019.
Michael Schade studied at Boston University, where he received a B.S. in Film and Television Production in 2014. Following college, Michael worked for several years as a political campaign and non-profit consultant before moving to Los Angeles to work with Jeremy Garelick and his newly formed production company, American High. After serving as Jeremy’s assistant on several projects, Michael began working as a co-producer on American High’s films, including Big Time Adolescence, which recently premiered in Sundance Film Festival’s 2019 US Dramatic Competition.
Will Phelps graduated from Chapman University with a B.A. in film production and shortly thereafter began his career at Paradigm Talent Agency, working in the physical production department. In early 2014, he joined Jeremy Garelick, working as his assistant for several projects before being promoted to creative executive. In 2017, American High was launched with Phelps tapped to produce their first five films. In 2018, Phelps participated in JFL’s staged reading series, featuring a television pilot he co-wrote.
Moderated By Nicole Stamp
TELEVISION HOST, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER
NICOLE STAMP is a television host, actor, director, and writer. Stamp has been both the host and director for "Inside Between"- a Netflix aftershow for CityTV, "AllianceLive" for Alliance films, and "The SPACE" for TVOntario, which won 2 Gemini Awards among 6 nominations. She has also hosted 6 seasons of the classic academic gameshow "Reach For The Top", and interviewed A-list Hollywood talent for the Toronto International Film Festival. Stamp's acting credits include roles on "The Handmaid's Tale", "In Contempt", "The Expanse", "Odd Squad", and "Carmilla", a Canadian Screen Award-winning webseries with over 70 million views on YouTube. Stamp has also voiced characters in 20+ cartoons, including titles for Jim Henson Company, CBC, Cartoon Network, and Disney XD, and plays a major motion-capture role in the videogame "Assassin's Creed Origins". As a writer, Stamp has worked on the new Peanuts series (a collaboration between DHX, Apple and NASA), written the educational kids' series "The Incredible Adventures of EnviroGirl" for TVOntario, and her essay, "What Decent Men Can Do After #MeToo" was shared over 70 thousand times on Facebook, then commissioned by CNN where it ranked among the top articles of 2017. Stamp lives in Toronto and holds a Guinness World Record for playing dodgeball for 36 hours without sleeping- an accomplishment she does not recommend.
The screening of Banana Split will be preceded by:
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE
Director: Ashleigh Stanczak
Producers: Charlie Mihelich, Ashleigh Stanczak
Screenwriter: Charlie Mihelich
Cast: Lauren Holt, Shukri Abdi, Avery Monsen
A mother attends a parent teacher conference for her son and has a shocking revelation.