Part of SFFILM Festival
A last party between lifelong theater geek friends before they scatter to college reveals just how much they don’t know about one another in first-time director Jonathan Wysocki’s warm, funny, and ultimately moving coming-of-age dramedy. Gene (Nick Pugliese) frets with coming clean about a long-withheld secret, but he is not the only one hiding something. Set in 1994 in Escondido, CA, the filmmaker’s hometown, among a mixed-gender group that is largely Christian, Dramarama engagingly depicts the jealousy and competition that exists among even the tightest friends but also the love that makes them closer than family. Pugliese and Danielle Kay as Ally are standouts as the most self-aware amongst a quintet of naïve teenagers for whom murder mystery role-playing games and sparkling cider are the height of adult sophistication.
Like the characters in his debut feature Dramarama, Jonathan Wysocki grew up in Escondido, CA, and devoted his young life to the theater before getting his MFA in film production at UCLA. He’s been a programmer for the Los Angeles Film Festival, a Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs Fellow, and an advisor for Sundance Co//ab. Among his award-winning shorts are The Way Station (2004), Adjust-A-Dream (2014), and A Doll’s Eyes (2016).
Director Jonathan Wysocki
Producer Yue Wang, Jonathan Wysocki
Writer Jonathan Wysocki
Editor Christine Kim
Cinematographer Todd Bell
Music Chanda Dancy
Cast Anna Grace Barlow, Danielle Kay, Megan Suri, Nick Pugliese