DESCRIPTION: Based on actual events that took place in 2007, Recruiting 101 looks at the soul crushing pressures put on a small group of recruiting officers during “The Surge” in Iraq.
PERFORMS: Tuesday, July 16 @ 9pm; Saturday, July 20 @ 7pm. (The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd St, NY, NY)
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Based on actual events that took place in 2007, Recruiting 101 looks at the soul crushing pressures put on a small group of recruiting officers during “The Surge” in Iraq. Everyone is vulnerable to the mounting pressure, especially gay officers during this time of “Don’t ask, don’t’ tell.”
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
The Village Voice called John G. Young‘s first feature film, Parallel Sons, “…one of the best independent films of the decade.” After its premiere in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, it went on to win “Best Feature” awards at the Florida Film Festival, OutFest, The L.A. LGBT Film Festival and Frameline, the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival. It went on to play in over 40 national and international film festivals before it was released theatrically.
Young’s second feature The Reception opened in 2005 to rave reviews after premiering at the Tribecca Film Festival. Shot in just eight days for $5,000, the Los Angeles Times called it “polished, worldly and witty,” while Variety called the film “effortlessly cosmopolitan.” The New York Times said it was “quietly ambitious and memorable.” The film went on to win the “Best Actor” award at OutFest 2005, and was released later that year theatrically.
Rivers Wash Over Me, Young’s third feature film, marked another successful collaboration with executive producer Dexter Davis (D Street Media Group) and actor-producer Darien Sills Evans. After premiering in 2009 as Newfest’s Centerpiece, the film went on to play over 30 festivals garnering a Jury Award for “Best Feature” from The Chicago International LGBT Film Festival, and a Best Actor Award for newcomer Derrick Middleton from OutFest. It made several top 10 lists for 2009 and was released on DVD in December 2010.
All three of Young’s films are currently available through Strand Releasing.
Young, who is currently developing several new film projects, is a graduate of the Purchase College film program. He splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and the Catskills Mountains.