DRIVER ED At Tribeca Film Festival's NOW Screenings April 19 and 21 at Regal Battery Park Stadium 11
WHO: Creator Jacob A. Ware stars as Ed, in this Offbeat Surreal Comedy Limited Web Series, directed by Amanda Cowper and executive produced by Trish Harnetiaux. Music by Missy Mazzoli, Rob Cantor (the Shia LaBeouf Song) and Rob Erickson.
WHAT: Two screenings of Driver Ed at the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL’s NOW Screenings and an additional press and industry screening to be announced soon
SYNOPSIS: In this Offbeat Comedic Web Series, Ed decides to get his driver's license to impress his Nascar-loving girlfriend, but unexpected things happen on the open road.
WHERE: Regal Battery Park Stadium 11, 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10281
April 19th // Screening #1 // 8:30pm // REGAL 04 (RGL04)
April 21st // Screening #2 // 5:00pm // REGAL 09 (RGL09)
HOW: All PR inquiries to Kathryn Musilek: firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews available with cast and crew upon request, screening entry for press available for press screening: timing and location details to be announced.
Driver Ed tells the story of Ed, a confused boyfriend and holder of complicated truths, as he tackles what's long been one of his greatest fears - learning to drive. Through his driving lessons, Ed must face the reality that he will probably not ever be a racecar driver and that his sexuality is much more fluid than he thought. Driver Ed is sad in the way that it's sad when someone says they live in New York City but really lives in Jersey and funny in the way that it's funny when Michael Palin gingerly slaps John Cleese with tiny sardines in Monty Python's Fish Slapping Dance sketch. It is a swirling, heightened love story that plays with time, expectations, and the rules of the road.
ABOUT JACOB A. WARE- Creator, Star, Executive Producer
Jacob A. Ware is an actor/writer most known for playing Harold Selby on HBO's Boardwalk Empire (2013 SAG Award nominee). He is the head writer and host of RYOT Studio's show, Screen Time, presented by Comcast/Xfinity, and also the creator and host of the talk show Unpacking/Unboxing on HuffPost Live. Currently, Jacob is a series regular on the lo-fi horror-comedy series Graves (2017 Streamy Award nominee). TV credits: Law and Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Blue Bloods, Gotham. Twitter: @jacobaware
ABOUT AMANDA COWPER- Director, Executive Producer
Amanda Cowper is a director/producer whose directorial debut "Woman of a Certain Age" premiered at Tribeca N.O.W. 2017. She is currently the Associate Producer at Late Night at Seth Meyers where she has produced over 200 sketches during her tenure. She previously worked at NBC News' Peacock Productions.
ABOUT TRISH HARNETIAUX- Executive Producer
Trish Harnetiaux is a playwright and producer. Her plays include How to Get into Buildings (Samuel French),Welcome to the White Room (Samuel French), If You Can Get To Buffalo is forthcoming from Samuel French. Other works include Weren’t You In My Science Class? (Ars Nova), TIN CAT Shoes (Summerworks 2018 / Playwrights Horizons & Clubbed Thumb Superlab / Ars Nova) and Bender and Brian, an epic tale of subversive Breakfast Club fanfiction. She was a member of the Ars Nova Play Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Missy Mazzoli: The Washington Post recently called her “one of the top composers of her generation,” Mazzoli composes for indie operas (like Lars Van Triers’ Breaking the Waves) and created the original score with her alt-classical chamber band. She’s Brooklyn-based and is a consultant on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle.
Rob Cantor shot to fame a few years ago when he went viral with his Shia LaBeouf Song. Driver Ed creator Jacob A. Ware knew he wanted to use Cantor’s song All I Need is You in the series, but did not know Cantor. In a seemly simple turn of events, the crew sent Cantor a Facebook message. Two months later, Cantor did the unthinkable – he actually wrote back, granting permission for the use just in time! It’s now the perfect underscore for the last moments of longing at the end of Driver Ed.
Rob Erickson is a prolific downtown theatre artist and musician.