Director Jason Chaet Actor Jack T. Carpenter Producer/Writer Rick Moore, and Actress Melanie Lynskey scheduled to attend | June 2 & June 3
USA | 2012 | 88 minutes | Jason Chaet
Walter "Putzel" Himmelstein grew up in his family's smoked fish emporium in Manhattan. He never left home, content to live the rest of his life without leaving the Upper West Side—ever!—that is, until he meets Sally in this bittersweet romantic comedy.
June 2, 2013
Kirkland Performance Center
|5:30 PM||Date has passed|
June 3, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11
|7:00 PM||Date has passed|
June 7, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11
|1:00 PM||Date has passed|
A "putzel" is a "little putz" and for Walter Himmelstein (an endearing Jack Carpenter), being known by that nickname does not exactly bode well for an exciting life amongst the go-getters of New York City. But that is quite okay with young Walter - he is a home-body, perfectly content to remain within the familiar confines of his mundane life on Manhattan's Upper West Side, seeing in his Uncle Sid's (John Pankow) smoked fish emporium a comfortable future among the salmon. Until, that is, his married uncle takes up with the vivacious Sally (Melanie Lynskey), throwing Walter's succession plans into disarray. Jason Chaet's winning debut reflects his background in theater mainly through the uniformly fine performances of Carpenter, Pankow, and Lynskey. Carpenter's Walter has been all too willing to acquiesce to his family's verdict -"putzel!"- throughout his young life, but he blossoms wonderfully under the tutelage of Lynskey's Sally, who evolves from Walter's adversary to his co-conspirator. A breezy coming-of-age tale, Putzel is as fresh as Uncle Sid's fish.
Jason Chaet has worked as a filmmaker, theater director, and acting teacher. He got his start at New York’s famed Ensemble Studio Theater, where he worked closely with Off-Broadway icon Curt Dempster and playwrights including David Mamet and Arthur Miller. He conceived and directed Off the Page for HBO and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Sponsored in part by W Seattle Hotel, Kirkland Events Foundation, Ingeniux
|Principal Cast:||Jack Carpenter, Melanie Lynskey, Susie Essman, John Pankow, Stephen Park|
|Running Time:||88 minutes|
|Producer:||Rick Moore, Jason Chaet, Allegra Cohen, Sheri Davani|
|Music:||Rob Niederpruem, Jonathan Benedict|
|Awards:||Phoenix Film Festival 2012 (Best Picture)|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|