Guest House (2013 film)
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Guest House is a 2013 short film starring Michael Gross as Lou Wesley, Heather Lind as Julia, Mark Gessner as Lance Wesley, written and directed by Aaron Wolf. Production company: Howling Wolf Productions. Based on true events in Wolf’s life, the film follows Lance Wesley, who lost his job and fiancé on the same day.
Lance Wesley had a nice suburban upbringing, a beautiful fiancé and a good job running her family company. His fiancé dumps him and fires him on the same day, so Lance is back in his parents’ guest house, where he spent his youth. His father, a tough, self-made man, can't understand why his son won't fight through it. Depressed, Lance convinces himself that life at 34-years-old has already passed him by. Relics from his childhood pay him a visit and they convince him to move forward with his life. Produced by Howling Wolf Productions
The film premiered at the HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, and won Best Short at the Uptown Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Nevada International Film Festival. It has also won Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Audience Choice, amongst others. In 2014, it is scheduled to screen at film festivals across the US.
- Mark Gessner as Lance Wesley
- Heather Lind as Julia
- Michael Gross as Lou Wesley
- Angela Gould as Bikini Illustrated Model
- Michael Robert Young as Trophy Man
- Sean Allison as Lance's Baby
- Lori Friedman as Mary Wesley
Awards and nominations
|Festival/Award||Location||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome|
|Hamilton Film Festival||Canada||Audience Choice||Guest House||Template:Won|
|Santa Fe Film Festival||USA||Best Short||"Guest House"||Template:Won|
|Nevada International Film Festival||USA||Grand Jury Prize||Guest House||Template:Won|
|New York Los Angeles International Film Festival||USA||Award of Excellence||Guest House||Template:Won|
|Uptown Film Festival||USA||Best Short Film||Guest House||Template:Won|
|Best Director - Short Film||Aaron Wolf||Template:Won|
|Best Cinematography - Short Film||Tim Nuttall||Template:Won|
|Best Actor - Short Film||Mark Gessner||Template:Won|
|Best Screenplay - Short Film||Aaron Wolf & Dan Wolf||Template:Nom|
|Wild Rose Independent Film Festival||USA||Best Actor - Short Film||Mark Gessner||Template:Won|
|Best Supporting Actress - Short Film||Angela Gould||Template:Won|
|Distinctive Achievement Short Film||Guest House||Template:Won|
|Distinctive Achievement Director||Aaron Wolf||Template:Won|
|Distinctive Achievement Actress Short Film||Heather Lind||Template:Won|
|Distinctive Achievement Supporting Actor Short Film||Michael Gross||Template:Won|
|Distinctive Achievement Editing - Short Film||Guest House||Template:Won|
|Distinctive Achievement Production Design/Art Direction||Allison Marx & Kelley Lutter||Template:Won|
|Distinctive Achievement Makeup/Hair||Liv Swenson||Template:Won|
|Distinctive Achievement Ensemble Casting - Short Film||Guest House||Template:Won|
|Best Cinematography - Short Film||Tim Nuttall||Template:Nominated|
|Best Screenplay - Short Film||Aaron Wolf & Dan Wolf||Template:Nominated|
|Best Lighting Design||Guest House||Template:Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Guest House||Template:Nominated|
|Best Music - Short Film||Guest House||Template:Nominated|
|Best Costumes||Guest House||Template:Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor - Short Film||Michael Robert Young||Template:Nominated|
Other Film Festivals Attended: Pasadena International Film Festival, New Jersey International Film Festival, Sunscreen Film Festival, Charleston International Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, SENE Festival, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, High Desert Film Festival, Myrtle Beach Film Festival, and Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
- "The 2013 HollyShorts Film Fest Highlights". Tennessee Tribune. http://tntribune.com/entertainment/the-2013-hollyshorts-film-fest-highlights/.
- "2013 HollyShorts Film Festival". HollyShorts Film Festival. http://hollyshorts.com/festival.
- "Michigan Film Award Winners". Uptown Film Festival. http://www.uptownfilmfestival.com/?page_id=534.
- "2013 Winners". Nevada International Film Festival. http://www.nevadafilmfestival.com/2013-winners-side.
- "Awards". Hamilton Film Festival. http://www.hamiltonfilmfestival.com/.
- "NYLA (NY) 2013 Winners". NYLA International Film Festival. http://nylaiff.com/Past_Winners.html.
- "2013 Wild Rose Winners - by Film". Wild Rose Independent Film Festival. http://www.ariesworks.com/2013%20WR%20final%20Awards%20listing%20by%20film.pdf.