The local boutique press Two Dollar Radio has gained national acclaim for the distinctively compelling authors, novels and stories it publishes. The company, co-founded by Eric Obenauf and wife Eliza Wood-Obenauf, is planning on doing the same with the films it'll be releasing in the next year or so.
The local boutique press Two Dollar Radio has gained national acclaim for the distinctively compelling authors, novels and stories it publishes. The company, co-founded by Eric Obenauf and wife Eliza Wood-Obenauf, is planning on doing the same with the films it’ll be releasing in the next year or so.
Two Dollar Radio recently wrapped its first feature film, “I’m Not Patrick,” a dark comedy following teenager Seth (Lachlan Lipscomb, pictured in the film) as he’s awash with malaise and confusion after his twin brother Patrick commits suicide.
The trailer was released online in October, and is already receiving buzz from online publications covering independent film. “I’m Not Patrick” has been submitted to a number of festivals, and plans include a Columbus release in the spring/summer of 2015.
“We’re in the process of submitting to festivals, which will dictate the actual release date,” said Obenauf, who wrote and directed the film. “We’ve submitted to anywhere from the really big film festivals like Sundance and Tribeca to some of the really cool regional festivals too, like Ann Arbor [Film Fest].
For the follow-up to “I’m Not Patrick,” Two Dollar Radio will see two of the authors it publishes, Grace Krilanovich and Nicholas Rombes, collaborate as director and screenwriter, respectively. The film is titled “The Removals” and is based on Rombes’ short story — an existential thriller delving into meditations on originality and technology — of the same name.
Another big event for the publishing company also involves Rombes. The longtime writer and film critic/aficionado has released his first novel through Two Dollar Radio, titled “The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing.”
“It’s a post-modern noir, but it’s a cinephile’s wet dream,” Obenauf said. “It’s about a rare film librarian who one day burns the collection of rare films and high-tails it. No one knows where he’s gone and a journalist tracks him down to discuss the movies he burned and why. It’s really creepy and kind of noir in the sense that David Lynch does it, like ‘Mulholland Drive.’”
Two Dollar Radio will also celebrate its 10-year anniversary next year with some events nationwide and in Columbus.
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