by Paul Starkman
Friday Buriel Clay Theater 5:00pm
Wheels is a coming of age story about Max, a 19 year old from Brooklyn who wants to be a well known DJ. He has been the sole provider for his sick grandmother, DJing parties for Oscar, a neighborhood shark. Things shift when Max’s brother Terry returns home after three years in prison, forcing Max to reconcile their relationship. Max gets close to Liza, the manager of a dance studio who inspires him with her work ethic and determination. Max finds himself at a crossroads between family obligation, the streets, and pursuing his dream.
Director Biography – Paul Starkman
Paul, a Brooklyn-based director, is a graduate of the AFI Cinematography program (’98), began his career as a Cinematographer on documentary features. His camera work helped bring JAM the SXSW documentary Grand Jury Prize in 2006. Paul quickly worked his way up from operator on MTV’s The Real World to DP of America’s Next Top Model. In 2006 Paul began shooting finales for Project Runway and was soon directing for the program, which led to his first Emmy nomination. He joined Bravo’s Top Chef, earning several more Emmy nods. In 2007 Paul wrote and directed The Tree, a short film that told the story of one man looking for shade on the streets of his hometown, Brooklyn, NY. Numerous other credits include Spike hit Ink Master, Top Chef, and Netflix’s Nailed it! Wheels is Paul’s first feature film.
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