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Janey Makes a Play

Directed by Jared Callahan
80 minutes
USA. 2015. In English.
With Janey Callahan-Chin, Jeff Shewmaker, Roxanne Stiles-Donnelly, Tom Thompson, Janie Thompson, Lorren Montgomery, Sean Mackenzie, Kianna Machado.

The festival celebrates this documentary film by Jared Callahan, an alumnus of Lodi Tokay High School.

Janey Callahan-Chin and other pecial guests from the film will be in attendance at this screening.

Janey Makes A Play is a documentary film that follows a captivating ninety-year-old woman as she rallies her small town to create a theatre production about the Great Depression amidst the real erosion of the town's local economy. Janey Callahan has spent her life in the theatre, committing the past decade to writing and directing original plays for Rio Vista, California, a picturesque small town on the Sacramento River Delta. Her community non-profit troupe, called No Small Thing Productions, has produced seventeen of Janey's original handwritten plays. Janey continually battles inconsistent rehearsal attendance, people moving away or quitting, actors memorizing their lines last-minute, and sets that are not completely assembled. If they don't sell tickets for their performance,the troupe will not have enough money to continue to exist. Transported into rural America, we witness the challenges of pulling off a high-caliber production with an eccentric cast of characters. Interspersed with the production of the play are interviews and stories of the residents and local business owners who reveal the damage that the recent recession has inflicted upon their way of life. While the production unfolds, the town of Rio Vista becomes an important character itself, as we see a small town's existence become fragile when it relies on the fading industries of farming and local commerce. All the storylines collide on opening night as the town rallies together to tell their own story on stage.

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Select Festivals

- World Premiere, 2015 Atlanta Film Festival, Georgia, USA
- 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival, California, USA

Meet the Filmmaker

Jared Callahan

Jared Callahan produced, directed, and crewed over forty film projects in the last 10 years. He completed his undergraduate work in Media Communications and Production at Point Loma Nazarene University. He worked as First Assistant Director on Short Term 12 (Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking 2009) and the feature I Am Not A Hipster (premiered at Sundance 2012).

Short Terms 12 screened at the 2nd San Joaquin International Film Festival in 2009.




Sun., August 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Central Valley Premiere

Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton


Documentary Feature Film

Director: Jared Callahan
Jared Callahan
Producer: Brent Ryan Green
Cinematographer: Bryan Bangerter
Editor: Brad Kester
Joel P. West


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