Things I Don't Understand Awards

hiThings I Don’t Understand

The film:

A detached grad student forms a cathartic bond with a terminally ill girl she’s interviewing for her thesis and the damaged bartender downstairs with a mysterious past as she faces eviction from the home she’s built for herself with her artist roommates.

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  • Winner: Best Narrative Feature - Indie Spirit Film Festival
  • Winner: Best Feature - Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
  • Winner: Best Actress (Molly Ryman) - Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival
  • Winner: Audience Award - Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival

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Molly Ryman

Molly Ryman (“Violet Kubelick”) began her acting career in Chicago but a love affair with storytelling brought her to New York and a brief stay in London where she worked on the award-winning shorts “Red Black” and “Fluffy” (dir. Mal Woolford). In 2008 Molly made her feature film debut, co-starring in the critically acclaimed “…Around”. She has participated in a number of completed projects including the indie-features “New York Lately” and “A Horse With No Name” as well as the shorts “Some Jobs Are Simple” and “Charlie On Parole”, co-starring TJ Miller (“Cloverfield”). “Things I Don’t Understand”, in which she portrays the complex lead role of “Violet Kubelick”, is Molly’s second collaboration with the filmmakers of “…Around”

Aaron Mathias

Aaron Mathias (“Parker McNeil”) has appeared as the lead in the feature “Ice Grill USA” and Bollywood theatrically released “Anything For You”. His Television work includes the lead role in the original sci-fi series “Trenches” available and, as well as episodes of “Law & Order” and “Mercy”. As “Parker McNeil” in “Things I Don’t Understand” Aaron was able to show new sides to his dramatic range for the stoic and slightly damaged character.

Grace Folsom

Grace Folsom (“Sara”) studied film and theatre acting under Stonestreet Film and TV Workshop, and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School with a focus in modern and classical interpretation of texts as well as a basis of ballet and modern dance, garnering her BFA from NYU. Grace has been in numerous readings and shows including “Our Farm” and “Cedar City Falls” , several shorts including “Pose”, “Something Cool” and “Beautiful Garbage”, and has done some commercial and voice over work.

Lisa Eichhorn

Lisa Eichhorn (“Dr. Blankenship”) is an acclaimed actress of film, stage and television. Since training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts she was listed as one of the “12 Promising New Actors of 1979”, the same year she made her feature debut in “Yanks” opposite Richard Gere, a performance that earned her two Golden Globe nominations. Alternating between stage, film and television as well as producing and teaching. Lisa makes a compelling return to film in the role of “Dr. Anne Blankenship”, bringing a beauty and quiet wisdom to the role of mentor to the trouble Violet and eventual architect of her recovery.


“Aaron Mathias and Grace Folsom, the mysterious bartender and terminally ill patient, respectively, anchor a strong supporting cast, which adds flavor and dynamics…refreshingly earnest” – Eric M. Armstrong, The Moving Arts
“One of the best indies on the festival circuit… full of grace notes and raw emotional power, superbly acted and sensitively written and directed by Spaltro… well worth the journey” – Bill Desowitz, Immersed in Movies

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