Thursday, December 31, 2009

'In the Company of Strangers' Gets NY Screening

Our friend Dave Tippett passed along this opportunity:
"In the Company of Strangers", an award-winning independent feature film, will screen in New York City as part of the NewFilmmakers series Winter Fest 2010.

The feature film debut from writer/producer/director Thomas Hofbauer will be shown at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave. at 2nd Street in NYC Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 at 8:15 pm. Tickets are $6. The film contains mature language and some violence, Tom warns.

It tells the story of a young man who reaches a critical juncture in his life. Does he follow the mob - his friends since childhood - and join blindly in the persecution of a group of people based solely on their sexual orientation or does he move to a more enlightened life? When Brian Nowicki (Ben Perry) is arrested for his participation in a gay-bashing crime, he is sentenced to 600 hours of community service at an AIDS hospice. The hospice director (Timothy Wayne) gently nudges Brian toward an understanding of tolerance and compassion. While there, Brian attempts to reconcile a dying man (Scott Hopkins) with his estranged son (Val Tasso).

"In the Company of Strangers" has won the top award at five film festivals. For more information, visit

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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