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Tristen Stafford (’18)

PWSW alum first feature film “Pretenders” wins Best Comedy

Playwriting and Screenwriting alum Tristen Stafford (’18) has recently completed his first feature length film, “Pretenders,” and it starts the festival circuit by winning Best Comedy Feature Film at the Cinequest Film Festival (link below). The comedy follows three losers fed up with their lives who create fake identities to lie, steal and scheme their way through a vacation in a sun-drenched LGBTQ beach-themed comedy.

Tristen tapped into the enormous pool of creative talent Purchase provides in order to bring the story to the screen - this project is truly “proof of Purchase.” (see below)

If you’re interested in seeing the film for its virtual world premiere, we encourage you to grab tickets at this link (only four bucks, and you can stream the movie anytime during the festival, from 3/20 to 3/30!): https://www.creatics.org/cinejoy/moviepage/140498…

Congrats to Tristen and to all!!
“Pretenders” website (where you can also buy tickets, as well as sign up for the mailing list):
PRETENDERS - PURCHASE ALUMNI:
Tristen Stafford (’18), Writer/Director
Adam Gale (’17), Assistant Director/Script Development/Actor/Producer
Emma Grace Myers (’18), Script Development/Casting Director/Actor
Christian Schlicht (’19), Director of Photography
Libby Larkin (’17), Actor
Diata Coleman (’19), Actor
Kara Kind (’18), Actor/Production Designer
Michael Bianco (’17), Associate Producer
Iggy Giammona (’18), Sound
Joey Mastrolembo (’19), Production Assistant

Sean Church-Gonzalez (’19), Production Assistant