Curated by Wieden + Kennedy Entertainment
Featuring the Northwest premiere of “Archie’s Final Project” and a Q+A with lead actor Gabriel Sunday (“Taking Woodstock,” “Year One”).
“ Archie’s Final Project ,” is the winner of over 20 film festival awards including Best Picture at the Berlin International Film Festival. W+K was immediately taken by this film, and felt compelled to bring it to the Hollywood Theatre, not only to showcase its impressive originality, but also its profound importance. Director David Lee Miller, who, along with his teenage son Jordan Miller, screenwriter Eric J. Adams, and lead actor, Gabriel Sunday, set out to create an authentic and original film that speaks candidly about the reality of contemporary teenage life and the effects of suicide in every town in America.
“ Archie’s Final Project” breaks out of the mold with an exhilarating use of stock footage, animations, reenactments, and other audio-visual tricks, vividly reflecting the thought process of today’s media-saturated young people who are under-supervised, over-privileged, and too plugged in. I can see this replacing “Donnie Darko” as the go-to film for alienated adolescents.” – Eric D. Snider, Cinematical
Archie Williams (Gabriel Sunday) is a 17-year old media geek who has suddenly found himself the most talked-about kid in school. He has announced that he’s going to kill himself- on camera- for a class project. His classmates, parents, Sierra- the most beautiful girl in school (Brooke Nevin), and a “Shady Bunch” of shrinks, doctors, pill-pushers, and counselors descend on Archie. Some are hoping to save him, some want to imitate him, others try to push him over the brink. Archie films every moment of his high school experience, hiding nothing from his audience: realities of life, death, violence, sex, drugs, and the intense media overload and hypocrisy that bombard all teenagers. Is Archie truly suicidal, or is he simply fascinated by death like the rest of us, and willing to go further than most to explore the dark truths behind one of life’s greatest mysteries? David Carradine and Joe Montegna co-star in this dark, romantic teen comedy featuring music by Bright Eyes, MGMT, The Pixies, EELS, Wolfmother, Daniel Johnston, Radiohead, and My Morning Jacket.