John Mossman - "Into the Wake"
John Mossman - "Into the Wake"
Premiere date: Jul 05, 2013
Kyle is leading a seemingly normal existence in Chicago, complete with a steady job and supportive girlfriend. But after he receives a cryptic phone call from a stranger, he is drawn back to the hills and riverbanks of Wisconsin to resolve a decades-old blood feud between his family and another clan. Soon, Kyle (forcefully played by co-writer and actor Tim Miller) finds himself a prisoner in a rural shack, thoroughly enmeshed in a cycle of vengeance that may force him to atone for the sins of his past.
For this psychological action thriller shot in Sauk County, director John Mossman enlisted the aid of film students from UW-Baraboo, making this a truly collaborative Wisconsin effort. In addition to pulse-pounding suspense, the film holds additional appeal for Wisconsinites, as it captures the majesty of the southern Wisconsin landscape as few films have, making the most of its Wisconsin River location. Exploring themes of abandonment, revenge, and the cyclical nature of violence, Into the Wake is a compelling — and homegrown — feature debut.
John Mossman has written, produced and directed numerous award-winning short films, documentaries and videos. He is the 2002 recipient of the "Best Director" Award from the Midwest Independent Film Festival for his work on the short film Jell-Ohh Lady, which also screened at the Los Angeles DGA and Egyptian Theater as part of the American Cinematheque Series, and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival where it won Audience Favorite. His previous short Draggage was awarded a Lagniappe Award at The New Orleans Film Festival, Best of Fest at the 40th Annual Rochester Film Festival, and was judged "best no budget film of the year" at the Palm Springs Film Fest. Spaceman Dan’s 243rd Flight has screened at numerous international fests, where it has received Best of Fest, Audience Favorite and the Kodak Opportunity Award. He has won two Telly Awards as a director, most recently for There's No Such Thing As Crazy, also winner of a 2005 Voice Award.
As Producer of the highly successful and innovative IFP-Chicago mentorship program he has overseen the production of numerous narrative short films by students from Chicago's south side schools. Two of these films won consecutive national Emmy Awards, a singular achievement.
He is co-founder and associate director of The Artistic Home, the acclaimed theater and highly regarded training program for actors and directors in Chicago, where he is an instructor and also directed hit revivals of Juno and the Paycock, Natural Affection, Clash By Night and Look Homeward, Angel, among others. In 2005 he was named "One of 10 People Making a Difference in Chicago Theater" by Performink Magazine and his work has been listed in numerous year-end reviews as one of the year's 10 best. He has worked with and Lakeside Shakespeare Theater, where he directed Julius Caesar and recently played the title role in their production of Macbeth, and directed The Shadow of a Gunman for Seanachai Theater, for which he was named a Best Director of 2012 by WBEZ.
As an actor he has appeared in theaters throughout the United States, as well as in film and on television. He was nominated for an Equity Jeff Award for his performance in Peer Gynt, which also won him the Chicago Stage Talk Award for Best Performance by an Actor.
He currently teaches Directing at Columbia College, where he also supervises the Independent Projects in Narrative Filmprogram, and is a recent addition to the highly regarded Practicum Program as a Directing instructor. He has served on the boards of IFP–Chicago and The Artistic Home Theater. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received degrees in Film and Theater, and recently returned from Dublin where he taught actors Meisner technique for film at the renowned Screen Training Ireland institute. More on John can be found at www.mossmanfilms.com