Donald Cried

Filmmaker Biography:

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Donald Cried – Kris Avedisian

Director Kris Avedisian was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, where he still resides. In the early 2000s, he studied film in San Francisco where he met Jesse Wakeman and Kyle Espeleta. They collaborated on their first project, Three Tears a Prince and a Forest. In 2013, their short, Donald Cried, won best narrative short at The Independent Film Festival Boston and later went on to receive special mention at the Slamdance Film Festival. The feature version of Donald Cried was shot in the winter of 2015 and was selected for IFP labs. Kris will be in attendance for the October 2016 screenings.

Jesse Wakeman (Actor, Executive Producer) Jesse Wakeman is an actor, filmmaker and visual artist based in New York. As an actor, Jesse has starred in numerous films and web series including Zack Raines’ Freeloader and Accidents; Frank Heath’s On the Beach; Tina Cesa Ward’s Good People in Love; and Kris Avedisian’s Three Tears, a Prince, and a Forest. He co-wrote the upcoming feature, Hittin’ 30, and created and starred in various short films and web series. He is a founding member of the New York based theater company WedRepCo. Jesse received his MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2014. Jesse will be in attendance for the January 2017 screenings.

Film Synopsis:

Peter Latang (Jesse Wakeman) left working class Warwick, Rhode Island to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. Fifteen years later, when he’s forced to return home to bury his Grandmother, he loses his wallet on the trip. Stranded, the only person he can think of to help him out is his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald Treebeck (Kris Avedisian). Donald hasn’t changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into a long van ride into their past.


Monday, October 3, 2016: North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston, LA, 7:00 PM CT
Tuesday, October 4, 2016: Arts Council of Central Louisiana, Alexandria, LA, 7:00 PM CT
Monday, October 10, 2016: Tropic Cinema/Key West Film Society, Key West, FL, 6:30 PM ET
Tuesday, October 11, 2016: Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday, October 12, 2016: Opening Nights Performing Arts/Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 7:30 PM ET
Friday, January 27, 2017: South Miami-Dade Cultural Center, Cutler Bay, FL, 8:30 PM ET
Saturday, January 28, 2017: Broward College, Davie, FL, TBA

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