A film from Kristin Holodak, Grandpa’s Getaways tells a story of love and memory. Will has always been the hero of his own stories in spite of the fact that no one believes him. How much of it is true? And how much does it really matter?
Beloit International Film Festival (February 2019)
**Best Wisconsin Film**
Short. Sweet. Film Fest. (March 2019)
Milwaukee Short Film Fest (September 2019)
Film Girl Film Fest (November 2019)
**Audience Award Best Short**
Tampa Bay Film Society Screening (February 2020)
Oregon Short Film Festival, March 2017
Short. Sweet. Film Fest, March 2017
** Best Screenplay**
New York International Screenplay Awards, May 2017
UFVA, August 2017
New York Short Film & Screenplay Competition, July 2017
Kristin Holodak has been drawn to image making ever since she was a child and begged her dad to let her hold the family camera while on vacation and then snuck a picture after being explicitly told not to touch any of the buttons. After completing an MFA in film production, she is now an assistant professor in digital media at Marquette University, helping the next generation find their voices as filmmakers.
I first started writing this story after driving down a two lane, no passing highway where the speed limit is 50, most people do 70, and someone two cars ahead of me was doing 25. When I finally got a chance to pass I saw a 1970s wood panel station wagon with a plastic taxi sign stuck to the top being driven by a really old guy hunched behind the wheel with an equally aged gal in the passenger seat. And I thought, Grandpa in his getaway taxi, where are they coming from and where are they going? So I gave them a story and here it is.
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