First-time filmmakers take home four awards, most of the night at prestigious Houston film festival.
Houston, Apr. 14, 2019 — At the Saturday evening Awards Gala for the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, the Houston Film Critics Society presented the final awards of the night to the romantic drama “Evergreen,” including the evening’s top prize, Best Picture.
The film was also awarded Best Actress (Amanda Maddox) and Best
Supporting Actress (Olivia Grace Applegate), as well as the WorldFest-Houston’s
Gold Remi Award in the feature film category.
The first-time filmmakers behind “Evergreen” – director Joe Duca and producers
Marshall Kistner, Justin Graver, Kristin Jones, and Savvas Yiannoulou – were
in attendance to accept the awards, along with Tanner Kalina and other key
members of the film’s cast and crew.
Set against the rustic winter backdrop of the Colorado Rockies, “Evergreen”
tells the story of a young couple’s romantic Christmas weekend, during which
their relationship is tested by intimate revelations of repressed, personal
traumas. It’s a story about identity, ideological differences, and acceptance
of a universal truth: you can’t run from your past, nor can you dwell on it.
The much-anticipated film made its debut at the 52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston
Film Festival, the nation’s longest running independent film festival, with two
screenings — the World Premiere on Saturday followed by an Encore Screening on
Sunday — to accommodate enthusiastic crowds.
Buzz had started to build prior to the film’s festival screenings.
“‘Evergreen’ is just a remarkable film. From start to finish it paints
its characters and arc so carefully, so cleanly, it leaves little to the
imagination and heralds authentic emotion. For an indie, which historically
have low budgets, this is a sublime achievement,” writes Mark Ziobro in his “A” grade review for The Movie
“Evergreen” was written and directed by Joe Duca based on an original
story by Duca, Kistner, and Kalina, the film’s lead actor.
Kalina, who broke out on the big screen as a member of the ensemble cast
in Richard Linklater’s 2016 comedy, “Everybody Wants Some!,”
stars alongside Amanda Maddox, with Olivia Grace Applegate and David Bianchi
rounding out the entire cast.
Maddox recently starred in “The Other Place,” which was featured at the Cannes International Film Festival, Dances
With Films, and the London Lift Off Film Festival.
Indie darling Olivia Grace Applegate has starred in features premiering at Cannes, SXSW, Edinburgh Film Festival, and more, including Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song,” “The Honor Farm” with Michelle Forbes, and Trey Edward Shults’ critically acclaimed film “Krisha,” which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in 2015.
With over 90 IMDB credits from studio and independents, David Bianchi
can be seen in major films and indies such as “Elizabethtown,” “Priest,” and “Filly
Brown,”as well as numerous television appearances on hit shows like “Westworld,”
“MacGyver,” “Unsolved,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Days of Our Lives,” and many others.
Maverick Dugger, who works closely with composer Henry Jackman,
including on recent films “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Ralph Breaks
the Internet,” wrote the original score for “Evergreen.”
Lydia Luce also wrote an original Christmas song for the film’s emotional
“Evergreen” was executive produced by Kistner, Graver, Kalina, and Jones
for Daffy, LLC, as well as Mary J. Davis of MBL Productions.
The core team of producers first met while attending film school at The
University of Texas at Austin. This is their debut feature film. Kistner,
Jones, Yiannoulou, and Graver collaborated on a dramatic short prior to “Evergreen,”
titled “Off Trail,” which won the ItsAShort.com 2017 First Glance Film
“Evergreen” will continue to screen at a variety of festivals, traveling
next to Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival in June.
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