April 24, 2018

Topanga Family of Filmmakers at Woodstock Film Festival



Topanga Family of Filmmakers at Woodstock Film Festival

John Adams, his wife, Toby Poser, left, and their daughters Lulu, right, and Zelda Adams, front.

Topanga filmmakers, John Adams, Toby Poser and their two daughters will premier their latest feature film, Halfway to Zen, at the Woodstock Film Festival in October.

The film features several Topanga locals, among them, Claire Denis (owner of Cafe Mimosa); "Hat" John Foley; local musician and drum teacher Nathaniel Meek; and Cheney neighborhood folks, Jon Buck and his son, Trey (who goes to Revere Middle School).

While much of the film was shot in the Catskill Mountains of NY, several cool shots can be recognized from the Cheney neighborhood along Cheney Drive and Paradise Lane.

“Claire Denis and her husband Brendan will be attending the screenings with us in Woodstock. There is a great similarity between Woodstock and Topanga, and we are thrilled to be premiering there,” says John.

The family is traveling this year shooting another film. “We dearly miss our Topanga community that has been supporting and inspiring us for so many years,” says John.

Halfway to Zen, their fourth feature, happily takes the family back to their New York roots in this portrait of a banged-up family that reunites to spin the world in new directions.

Wonder Wheel Productions (wonderwheelproductions.com) is a small film production company, an artistic collaboration between John Adams, his wife, Toby Poser and their children, Lulu and Zelda Adams, that epitomizes a can-do attitude toward independent film making.

“We write, we act, we shoot, even the kids work the camera and sound,” says John. “We are cast and crew—a small team that dreams big.”

Screenings are Friday, October 14 at 1 p.m. (Upstate Films, 132 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY); and Sunday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m. (Upstate Films I, 6415 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY).

To see trailers and for more information: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.