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U.S Theatrical Premiere
THE NEW YEAR PARADE
Grand Jury Prize Slamdance Film Fest
John Cassavetes Award 25th Anniversary Spirit Awards
"[Director] Quinn, who hails from the emerging 'Phillywood' independent scene, possesses a strong artistic sensibility and the confidence to build his story around intimate, sometimes mundane life moments as opposed to melodrama" -Variety
"A stunning debut... Quinn has a calculated, Altman-esque approach to staging conflict. Because it functions as a wise examination of universal human despair, The New Year Parade proves that keen observation of human behavior yields the strongest results" -Indiewire
"A whole that has the texture and complexity of lived experience" -Film Threat
"[Director Quinn's] indie approach is more moving than a polished production plugging in big stars, and this is the sort of film a civic resource like Facets exists to show" -Roger Ebert
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
"Gritty but delicately nuanced" -Chicago Reader
Set in the Irish-American, blue collar community of South Philadelphia and bookended by the traditional Mummer's Parade, The New Year Parade charts the destabilizing effect the separation of Mike and Lisa has on their two kids. Jack (Greg Lyons) is 25, a bartender and featured player in the South Philly String Band, led by his dockworker dad. Kat (Jennifer Walsh) is 16, a smart high school student whose steady boyfriend wants more from her. Both appear to be coping, but the hurt and doubt cannot help but come out in different ways. Kat believes that their parents will reconcile and keeps the situation secret, but as months pass and tensions mount, she becomes isolated between family and friends with no one to confide in. Meanwhile, Jack is forced to mediate between his parents and carries the burden of the family finances, while questioning his loyalty as the impending divorce adversely affects his own personal relationship. Just as fidelity is central issue in their divorce, Jack contemplates an almost greater transgression: moving to another club. Written with great tenderness and sensitivity and cast with a combination of professional and first-time actors (including the majority of the actual South Philadelphia String Band), this film authentically captures the heritage of the Irish and Italian neighborhoods where fathers and sons pass on the traditions that define their culture. Writer-director Tom Quinn shot and edited the film with a minimal crew over several years and creates a very moving melodrama without trivializing the emotional turmoil that his characters endure. His actors -- all of them new faces -- respond with open and honest performances that cut right to the heart. Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Slamdance Festival, The New Year Parade is one of the most assured and poignant independent films of the year.