The Woodstock Film Festival is honored to present the inaugural Carpe Diem Andretta Award at this year's festival. The Carpe Diem Andretta Award will honor longtime area resident Vincent “Jay” Andretta III, who passed away in December 2014. The Glenford resident will be remembered as a successful businessman, a driven, avid athlete and a loving, dedicated husband, father, son, and great friend to many, including the Woodstock Film Festival. Jay’s favorite quote was “Carpe Diem” (Seize The Day). His life was a testament to the phrase. The Carpe Diem Andretta Award will be presented to a film that best exemplifies living life to the fullest through character and story development in a full length narrative or documentary film.
Jay's wife, Lauri Andretta, and son, Jim Andretta, will present the inaugural Carpe Diem Andretta Award to Waffle Street on October 3 during the annual Maverick Awards Gala at BSP Kingston, NY. Woodstock Film Festival alums Eshom and Ian Nelms (Lost On Purpose, 2013) return to Woodstock with Waffle Street, their third feature, based on the memoir of James Adams, former VP of a $30 billion hedge fund, who loses his job and unexpectedly winds up in the world of the unemployed. In this genuine riches-to-rags story, Jimmy, played by a charming James Lafferty (One Tree Hill, Oculus), finally finds work waiting tables at a chicken & waffles chain, where the hectic pace and general mayhem become both comedic and endearing. Under the tutelage of master grill man Edward (Danny Glover in a stunningly earnest performance), Jimmy learns some hard lessons about life, finance and making grits. But the foremost thing he discovers is carpe diem, as he begins to enjoy the pleasures of the moment and realize that the measure of a man is far more than luxury homes and expensive cars. Fundamentally, Waffle Street is an authentic account of what it means to rediscover yourself.
"We're incredibly honored to be the first recipients of the Carpe Diem Andretta Award. It's a great privilege for our film, Waffle Street, to represent such a revered and inspirational person. The best stories often come from true life experiences, so thank you to the Andretta Family, and we're grateful to the Woodstock Film Festival for continuing to champion these stories on behalf of such an incredible man.”
Directors Eshom and Ian Nelms, who wrote and directed the film, will receive the award October 3rd during the annual Maverick Awards Gala at BSP Kingston, NY. Waffle Street was produced by John Kelly, Brad Johnson and Autumn McAlpin, who was also co-writer on the film.
Waffle Street is screening at the ROSENDALE Theatre 10/2/2015 at 6:30PM and the WOODSTOCK Playhouse 10/4/2015 at 12:30PM