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FEATURE NARRATIVE 95 Minutes World Premiere

Conventioneers is a blue-state-red-state love story from director Mora Stephens. Set against last summer's Republican Convention, the actors play out a fictional story against the backdrop of real events, real people, and real political passions. Dave (Matt Mabe), a buttoned-down and married Republican delegate from Texas, falls hard for Lea (Woodwyn Koons), an affianced New Yorker he was attracted to in college, who's now a liberal protester who loathes the war, the president, and all that Republicans stand for. And then there's Dylan (Alek Friedman), a one-time political activist who makes his living as a sign-language interpreter, and gets the chance of a lifetime: an offer to sign during George Bush's GOP acceptance speech. On the big day itself, all three are outside Madison Square Garden; Dave in his red tie, Lea with her protest sign, and Dylan with a tee shirt decorated with a big peace symbol hidden under his dress shirt. Will he expose it during the big speech? What will Dave and Lea do? Here's a movie about the sometimes amusing strangeness of political bedfellows and the ironies of adulthood.

About the Director(s)

Mora Stephens graduated with honors from Princeton University where she received her B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is a recent alumna of the Graduate Film Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has directed numerous plays and short films, including Breaking Bread which aired on Showtime in September 2003, and The Twenty which premiered at the 2003 RIPfest Film Festival in New York. Stepheens is currently preparing to direct Georgia Heat, her second feature film, with Joel Viertel, Paul Yi, and Janet Yang serving as producers. The project was recently a part of the prestigious IFP/Los Angeles 2004 Directors Lab, as well as the 2004 Tribeca Film Institute's All Access program and the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival's Fast Track Program. The screenplay, co-written by Stephens and Sharri Hefner, recently won the 2004 Asian Cinevision Screenplay contest.

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