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RIFF Feature Film #1: "Valley Inn"


Saturday, August 29, 2015

12:30-3:00pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A

Hamilton Stage


Rahway International Film Festival Feature Film Presentation: "VALLEY INN" directed by Kim Swink.


Following the feature presentation, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers & cast.


All festival tickets include free admission to the Saturday Lobby Networking Hour at 8PM, which will serve complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. All tickets also include admission to our Opening Night & Closing Night After-Parties, offering a complimentary light buffet and Happy Hour bar pricing. Come join the fun!


10% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the charities "Integrity House" & "National Alliance on Mental Illness".

"Valley Inn"


Feature Narrative  |  Runtime: 1:59:00

Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA | Filmed in Arkansas

Language: English


Synopsis: Valley Inn is a smart, funny, thought-provoking romantic comedy about a big city Yankee who loses herself and the small southern town that finds her. It tells the fish-out-of-water story of Emily Mason, a New Jersey college student who finds herself stationed a thousand miles from home in a hot, dusty, dying small southern town, selling books door-to-door for the summer. Through a series of misadventures in “The Bookfield” and her growing friendships with the uniquely comical and endearing residents of Hindsville, Emily soon discovers what it means to follow your heart. Featuring Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy, Big Daddy).


Director | Writer | Producer: Kim Swink

(in attendance)

Originally from Arkansas, Kim has lived and raised her family in New York City for more than 20 years. She has worked as a freelance writer/producer/director of programming and promotion for networks including HBO, Cinemax, The Independent Film Channel, Comedy Central, Bravo, NBC, ABC and Sesame Workshop; directing such notable talent as Chris Rock, Whoopie Goldberg, Bernie Mac, Bill Maher, Kelly Ripa, Kyle McGloughlin, Erykah Badu, Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster. Kim has also written/directed several short films and created the Flywheel Film Festival in NYC, which produced and showcased 18 connected shorts by 18 directors. Kim went home to Arkansas for her feature film directorial debut, Valley Inn; working with cast, crew and soundtrack musicians comprised almost entirely of Arkansans, including Joey Lauren Adams and Academy Award winning actress and songwriter Mary Steenburgen who co-wrote and performed a cameo appearance of the Valley Inn original sound track song "Love in a Small Town" with American Idol winner and fellow Arkansan, Kris Allen. Kim is currently finishing the screenplay for her next project with producing partner, Samara Yeshaiek; a “slacker noir” thriller.

Co-Director: Chris Spencer (in attendance)

In addition to numerous industry awards, Chris is an Emmy Award-winning director who, since moving to New York from his native New Zealand, has produced and directed television shows for HBO, VH-1 and Comedy Central as well as numerous commercials, marketing campaigns and music videos. He has shot with an impressive list of talent including: Michael Jackson, Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx, Robin Williams, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher, James Gandolfini, Sarah Jessica Parker, Queen Latifah and The Rolling Stones. Chris is currently an Executive Vice-President at HBO in New York City where he oversees the production and creation of promotional content and interstitial programming for all 15 HBO and Cinemax channels.


Co-Writer: Nelsie Spencer (in attendance)

Nelsie's career as a writer began in 1987 when her two-character play, My Heart Belongs to Daddy (co-written with co-star Laury Marker) premiered at Lucille Lortel's White Barn Theatre in Westport, Ct.This was the first of many sold-out and critically acclaimed productions. As a writer and performer Nelsie has worked with super agent Ari Emanuel, Jane Fonda, Dorothy Lyman, Gloria Steinem, and Tony-Award Winning producer and director Dash Epstein and Morton De Costa respectively. Her sexy, comic novel, The Playgroup, was published in 2003 by St. Martins and her romantic comedy screenplay, A Girl's Best Friend, was recently optioned and is slated to shoot this year. Nelsie was also a stand-up comic and radio talk show host.  She is currently ghostwriting two memoirs and rewriting her black comedy Day of the Dead Daddy.


Co-Producer: Samara Yeshaiek (in attendance)

Samara’s feature films include Into My Heart for Jean Doumanian Productions (Mighty Aphrodite, Bullets Over Broadway), Say You’ll Be Mine, Outside Providence, A Shot At Glory, Ciao America, and When Zachary Beaver Came To Town. In July of 2001, Samara helped to launch the New York based Revere Pictures where she not only worked on creating the company’s financial and developmental structure, but was responsible for the delivery, distribution and marketing of their films I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead starring Clive Owen and Charlotte Rampling and The Door In The Floor, starring Kim Basinger and Jeff Bridges. In 2002 Samara co-produced Corn, starring Jena Malone (Pride and Prejudice, Donnie Darko, Stepmom) and in 2003 she produced Approaching Heaven starring Mathew Carey (The Banger Sisters, Old School). Other films include Waltzing Anna and New Jersey Film Festival winner Second City’sBuzzKill. In 2009 she began producing award-winning promos for HBO’s Treme, In Treatment, True Blood, How to Make it In America, Life’s Too Short, Bored to Death and Girls. While living in Brooklyn with her family, Samara continues to produce promotional and marketing work for television and online companies and is in development of a TV series and two feature films.



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Valley Inn's soundtrack comprised entirely of original songs by Arkansas talent, including Academy Award winning actress and songwriter, Mary Steenburgen, who co-wrote and performed “Love in a Small Town” with 2009 American Idol winner and fellow Arkansan, Kris Allen, just for Valley Inn. Check out the music video below!

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