The Dissection of Thanksgiving

97 mins.
Directed by Rafael Monserrate

Join us after the screening for a Q&A with director Rafael Monserrate, writer/actor Troy Hall, actor Deshja Driggs-Hall, and producers Mridu Chandra and Gene Miller.

On the night before Thanksgiving, Cliff and Carol Morgan gather their three grown children - Robby, a late night radio DJ, his hypochondriac younger brother Charlie and their adopted sister Brooke - at their favorite Chinese restaurant for an announcement. After thirty years of marriage, Cliff and Carol are getting a divorce.

Now the Morgans must spend what may be their last Thanksgiving together as a family in as civilized a manner as possible.

Set in Buffalo, NY in the late 80s, THE DISSECTION OF THANKSGIVING is a dysfunctional family comedy with heart starring Academy Award-Nominee Kathleen Quinlan (APOLLO 13) and Jay O. Sanders (HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE, HALF NELSON, JFK).

About Rafael Monserrate:

Rafael Monserrate is an award-winning director and producer who began his career as an actor on stage, film, and television. Rafael grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts and is a 1996 graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

In 2004 he produced and voice directed the first all Latin cast, international animated feature, SIAN KAAN, starring Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, and Placido Domingo. He then went on to voice direct A CAT’S TALE starring Michelle Rodriguez and Jeremy Piven.

Mr. Monserrate’s debut feature film, THE DISSECTION OF THANKSGIVING, premiered at the AFI International Film Festival as the only US narrative film in competition. The film has since won numerous awards including Audience, Jury Prize for Best Original Screenplay, and Best Narrative Feature, at various festivals across the country.

Since 2010, Rafael has produced over 10 cable network series, including the Emmy-Award Winning OUT OF THE WILD (Discovery Channel), WHALE WARS and IVORY WARS (Animal Planet), as well as the Travel Channel’s ULTIMATE MEXICO, and Discovery/Imax/Sony’s first 3D adventure survival series, HILLBILLY BLOOD, for 3D Net.

Most recently he was the Senior Supervising Producer for Discovery Channel’s mega hit, NAKED & AFRAID. Rafael is an Executive Producer on History Channel’s new hit series ALONE and is currently casting his next feature film, PEEL, with Sony Worldwide.

About Troy Hall:

Troy Hall grew up in Lawrenceville, Ga. He moved to New York City in the Fall of 1994 to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduating in 1996 and becoming a member of their esteemed Company through 1997, Troy was thrust into the real world and quickly found his first starring role as... a waiter/telemarketer/host/busser.

While paying his dues in a plethora of plays in small black box theaters and Off-Broadway shows, Troy got his first agent and in 1999 was cast as bad-boy "Tito Banacek" on ANOTHER WORLD. Shortly after his 8 month run on AW, Brett Ratner cast Troy as Kenny opposite Nicolas Cage in THE FAMILY MAN and again, years later, in TOWER HEIST.

Other credits include FISHBOWL, THE DELIVERY MAN, TWO AGAINST TIME and THE WAR WITHIN. Theater credits include: ERIC IN STUCK (written by his wife, Deshjaand, for which he won Best Actor at the 2015 Venus Adonis Play Festival), LONESTAR, AWAKENING, WRONG FOR EACH OTHER, DANNY BOY (Winner of the Audience Favorite Award at the 2006 New York Fringe Festival), BALM IN GILEAD, THE MELVILLE BOYS, TRACERS, IDIOT'S DELIGHT, QUARTERMAINE'S TERMS and HOMESTEADERS.

Troy founded the internet sketch comedy group The Adult Table which has been featured on Funny Or Die. He directed, edited and wrote most of their sketches.

Troy has appeared in a number of well-known commercials over the years including ads for Cheerios, Miller Lite, AT&T, and most recently, Heineken Lite with Neil Patrick Harris ("Can I flip your meat?"). You've also heard Troy's voice all over TV and radio for Verizon, Oral-B, Walmart, Dunkin Donuts, Nexium, Ralph Lauren and, to name a few. He has also voiced characters in video games including Tom Clancy's: The Division, Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption, Alone In The Dark, Star Wars: The Old Republic and the soon to be released Walking Dead 3.

Troy lives in Montclair, NJ with his gorgeous wife (who plays Brooke) and his greatest accomplishments, his two beautiful daughters.