This is the third week of the Dodge Screening Series, and if you are just joining us make sure to go back to the start and check out our week one film BLINDSPOTTING and last weeks film ROCK STEADY ROW.
The Dodge Screening Series film for this week is NEWNESS. This week we enlisted the help of the films writer Ben York Jones (BFA/FP ’06) to help us introduce the film:
NEWNESS is set in contemporary L.A., two twenty-somethings millennials, Martin, a pharmacist and Gabi, a physiotherapist spend their weekends “swiping” on a dating app. The options are endless, but it’s less about connection and more about hooking-up. But when they meet, they find themselves talking into the early hours. Connecting. It’s exciting. It’s new. They mysteriously regain their feelings and fall in love. Exhilarated by each other, they rush into a relationship. They go out on dates. They move in together. They skip work to make love – But soon the relationship becomes boring. And they decide to try an open relationship.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, and soon after was picked for distribution by Netflix.
Ben York Jones (BFA/FP ’06) wrote the film. After graduating from Dodge, Ben went on to write and create quite a few projects. Most notably, he wrote the breakout hit LIKE CRAZY which also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. It went on to win the Grand Jury Prize, and has recently made its way to Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Ben also co-created the show EVERYTHING SUCKS! with fellow Dodge College alumn Michael Mohan (BFA/FTP ’02) which found a home at Netflix.
While you’re watching the film this week post a photo, or your thoughts, on social media using the hashtag #DodgeScreeningSeries to join in on the conversation. NEWNESS is available to stream via Netflix and is available to rent on all other major platforms!
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