|Directed and Written
by: John G. Young
Cast: Pamela Holden
Stewart, Wayne Lamont Sims, Margaret Burkwit, Darien Sills-Evan, Chris
is a twisted tale of love and deception, set in the snowy New York countryside.
Jeannette, a French woman, and Martin, a black artist, live a serene life
together in their relationship of convenience. She claims to be escaping
the men of New York City, while his excuse is that he needs quiet to paint.
Unexpectedly, Jeannette's daughter, Sierra, arrives with new husband Andrew
in tow. Jeannette is surprised, not only by the new son-in-law but
also by the appearance of her daughter with whom she has a strained relationship.
So, Jeannette decides to throw the couple a party... after all, entertaining
is what she does best. As the day of the impromptu wedding reception
draws closer, each character begins to divulge dark secrets, hidden flaws
and intimate confrontations which twist into a familial web of betrayal,
lies and sexual awakenings. The cast fulfills the emotional complexities
of their characters. Pamela Holden Stewart plays Jeannette with a
light, content façade and flawlessly descends into multiple co-dependencies
on cue. Darien Sills-Evans' closed-down Martin is permeated with
frustration as he hides from his unknown past. Margaret Burkwit and
Wayne Lamont Sims bring youthful freshness to the film as Sierra and Andrew,
portrayed with mysterious appeal. Director John G. Young has crafted
a triumphant psychological drama, laced with sexual, racial and political
TriBeCa Film Festival (Official Selection 2005)
THE RECEPTION is
a story about love and fear, about race and sexuality, about truth and
compromise, and about having the courage to take a stand. The N.Y.
Times film critic called this little gem "...a quietly ambitious and memorable
RUNNING TIME: 80
RATED: Not Rated,
BUT contains nudity, adult language and gay themes.