Wildflower: LIVE PROGRAM


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Join us Sunday, May 9th at 5pm for a live panel with the makers of Wildflower.

Christina Stahl will be joined by Director Matt Smukler and Producer Brian Weidling for a conversation with Festival Director Katka Reszke and Paul Chiozzi of the Cotting School. 

MATT SMUKLER (Director) With a driving interest in reaching past the obvious to highlight deeper connections and small details, filmmaker Matt Smukler has made a name for himself with heartfelt films with a universal resonance. His penchant for building real, emotional stories brings audiences together, all the while captivating viewers with his charming, effortless sense of humor. A natural talent behind the camera, Matt has helmed a number of award- winning films for brands such as Apple, Toyota, Coke, NFL, Microsoft, Budweiser, Reebok, MTV, AT&T and McDonalds, to name a few. Whether following a gay soccer player and his boyfriend for DB Railway (“Fan”) or a mixed-race couple and their daughter for the Super Bowl (Cheerios “Gracie”), he loves taking chances in the support of progressive themes. His films are often championed for being authentically touching, due largely to subtle direction and naturalistic performances. His “Duck” spot for IAMS, which tells the tale of a boy’s lifelong bond with his dog, earned him a 2016 AICP nomination for Best Direction. In 2018, he won two Cannes Silver Lions for his Prostate Cancer Awareness campaign.


BRIAN WEIDLING (Film Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker whose own journey from world-class athlete to amputee serves as the driving force behind his mission to amplify underserved voices. He co-founded Tumbleweed Entertainment in 2006, a production company dedicated to pioneering unparalleled content that he hopes will boldly reexamine how we depict and embrace people of all abilities.Each one of Weidling’s critically-acclaimed films tell the story of sacrifice, purpose and redemption through the eyes of marginalized populations. Wildflower (Producer, 2020) is a feature about high school senior Christina Stahl, who is also raising her parents; both have cognitive disabilities. A Symphony of Hope (Producer, Director 2017) chronicles the recording of a symphony written by 25 of Hollywood’s most renowned television and film composers to help build a music school in Haiti. Speak (Producer, Co-Director 2012) was hailed “a gem” by The New York Times. It followed the journeys of the finalists for the world championship of public speaking. The Goal, Claudio Reyna (Producer, Director 2003) narrated by Robert Duvall, was a four-year odyssey following the US Men’s soccer team to their best-ever World Cup finish. 13 Seconds (Director, 1997) was a 25th anniversary look at the Kent State shootings. Weidling is currently producing and directing Stars In The Dark, a documentary about America’s only all-blind theater company.


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