Friday, November 30, 2012


After an extraordinary year traveling to festivals worldwide, SAHKANAGA is opening on Dec. 7th at Brooklyn's reRun Theater and Atlanta's historic Plaza Theatre, presented by IFP, Filmmaker Magazine, & Filmwax. 

The writer and director, John Henry Summerour ('06), will be in Brooklyn for opening night (12/7) and in Atlanta for screenings on Dec. 8th & 9th and again in New York for the remaining screenings Monday through Thursday.

John wrote and developed the script at the Colony back in 2006 and went on to direct and produce the film with Miky Wolf. Since completion the film has played at countless international film festivals including its premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival and Rome International and winning several awards 
"In 2002, over 300 bodies were discovered on the property of the Tri-State Crematory in the Appalachian foothills of northwest Georgia, thrusting an unassuming, tight-knit community into the international spotlight. SAHKANAGA (meaning “Great Blue Hills of God” in Cherokee, pronounced “sock-uh-nogga”) imagines this event from the perspective of Paul, a teenager who stumbles upon the first body."
For tickets to the event in Brooklyn on the 7th go here or to the film's event page on Facebook.

And here is a link to the official website.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Colonist Chris Galletta's ('10) first feature film TOY'S HOUSE will premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category at Sundance Film Festival 2013.

Chris wrote the original screenplay that is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and produced by Big Beach films, who also produced SUNSHINE CLEANING written by colonist Meghan Holley ('04) and developed at the Colony.

The film is about "Three unhappy teenage boys who flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny. Or at least that’s the plan.

The cast includes Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman (Parks And Recreation), Megan Mullally (Children's Hospital), Alison Brie (Save The Date). 

(Galletta at the Colony in 2010)
Chris spent several years as a contributing writer to "The Late Show with David Letterman." In 2009, he sold his first screenplay, TOY'S HOUSE to Big Beach Films in 2010. Chris spent his time at the Colony working on a new script, THE HOLLANDSWORTH MAN.

Check this link for the full Sundance Lineup.