SCREENING: “In Montauk” (dir. Kim Cummings)

(See below images for just the text of the release.)

June 2012  

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World premiere screening of IN MONTAUK at the VisionFest Film
Festival at Tribeca Cinemas on June 21 at 7 pm.

On June 21, 2012, at 7:00 pm, Siren’s Tale Productions’ IN MONTAUK will have its world premiere at VisionFest12 at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street (corner of Laight St.) The film will be preceded by two shorts and followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kim Cummings and actors Lukas Hassel and George Katt. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at For more information contact Kim Cummings at 917-922-3987 or


In Montauk (2012) (68 minutes)
Written and directed by Kim Cummings

The hardest choices in life are the ones we never think we’ll have to make

Julie Wagner has everything today’s young woman thinks she wants: a successful husband who adores her, a baby on the way, a close circle of family and friends, and a career as a photographer that is about to take off. So why is she alone in Montauk in the middle of December? During the cold, stark days, Julie throws herself into capturing her artistic vision for an upcoming solo show, yielding works of deep passion and instinct; at night, she restlessly taps away at her computer, plagued by uncertainty about the impending trajectories of her life.

When a prickly but brilliant composer-musician knocks on her door with an odd request, Julie ushers in a series of events that will bring her in contact with her buried hopes and fears, and force her to make choices she couldn’t have fathomed. At once shocking and wise, In Montauk is a now-familiar story turned inside-out by a main character who can’t help but put herself into the most uncomfortable position of all—confronting life’s imperfect choices in the hopes of grasping one through which she can be true to herself.

A composition of exquisite scenery and complex characters, In Montauk beautifully captures the quiet agony that arises when shoulds and wants collide, the conflict between cultural dictates and creative yearnings. It is a story for our times, the one that so many thoughtful, talented people of all ages live out in their drive for self-discovery and self-fulfillment.

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In Montauk was shot on location in western Queens and Montauk, NY. The specific locales serve a critical function in the film—sweeping seascapes at the edge of the continent, Long Island City’s burgeoning arts scene, the promise held by the Queensboro Bridge—grounding the characters’ sense of place and informing their actions. See the trailer at

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Kim Cummings’s award-winning short film Weeki Wachee Girls screened worldwide in more than 70 festivals and garnered three “Best of” awards. Her other films include the shorts Flower of a Girl (dir., screenwriter) and Kate Greer’s That’s What She Told Me (dir.). In Montauk is Cummings’s first feature film and derives from her experience as a filmmaker and parent, and the never-ending balancing act required to satisfy both roles in her life.

Nina Kaczorowski (Julie Wagner) has previously appeared in the films Austin Powers: Goldmember, Minority Report, and A Simple Plan.

Lukas Hassel (Christian Nygaard) was in the reality show SOAPSTAR, on SoapNet/ABC, and recently played a lead role in Denmark’s top-rated show Anna Pihl. He is a visual phenomenon in Norway, where his image can currently be seen in print ads and commercials as part of Norway’s ad campaign for milk.

George Katt (Josh Cohen) won the “Best Breakthrough Actor Award” at the NY International Independent Film Festival for his starring role in the independent feature film Valley of Angels, opposite Danny Trejo.

Siren’s Tale Productions is Kim Cummings’s independent film corporation. Feminist filmmaker Cummings’s goal is to present three-dimensional women and girls in nuanced storylines outside of the typical Hollywood roles of wives, girlfriends, mothers, and whores. Her hope is to depict women grappling with contemporary issues in entertaining but also thought-provoking ways.

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In Montauk is made possible, in part, by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and by a grant from the Long Island Film Foundation.

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