Editor's pick: Autumn Wanderer screening
When 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday - Where Moore Auditorium at Webster University, 470 East
Lockwood - How much $6 - More info 314-­968-­7487;;­series/film-­series-­calendar.html
A few years ago, a local actor named Nathan Sutton asked me for advice on making it in the movie
business. I advised him to move to Los Angeles, don't get married, don't have kids. As he told me in an email a couple of weeks ago: Two out of three ain't so bad. Sutton and wife Elisha Sutton live in LA's Echo Park neighborhood, but their only baby is a feature film called "Autumn Wanderer." Sutton wrote and directed - and co-­stars with Skorman - in a story about a young man who fears he has inherited his father's schizophrenia. The movie, which cost $12,000 to shoot in 12 days, earned Sutton an Emerging Filmmaker Award at Hollywood Film Film Festival. It makes its local premiere this weekend at his alma mater, Webster University, where Sutton and Skorman will answer questions about life in the fast lane. Let's hear it for another home town hero who followed his dream.  By Joe Williams




After seven years in California, Nathan Sutton is returning to his hometown to debut his award-­
winning first feature film Autumn Wanderer this weekend. "I feel like St. Louis has always supported its own no matter what it is," says Sutton, who grew up in Affton, attended Lutheran South High School and graduated from Webster University. "I love St. Louis, and I wanted to bring my movie back and get some of that love." Sutton's movie is very small, very indie -­-­ exactly the type of film St. Louis doesn't see a lot of, except during festivals. Shot for only $12,000 in only 12 days, Sutton and his wife play the lead roles in a
story revolving around Charlie, who is struggling to deal with his father's schizophrenia and the
possibility of inheriting it himself when he meets the girl of his dreams. "There are not a lot of movies like this that ever make it through the midwest unless it's a major, major deal," he tells Daily RFT. "I wanted to be able to bring it back and show people something they may not be able to see. Maybe because I'm from St. Louis, they'll go out of their way to see it." Sutton uses two starkly different cinematographic styles to tell his story: regular Charlie is shown in long, still, stagnant shots where action deliberately occurs out of sight, but when love-­interest Nia (played by Sutton's wife, Elisha Skorman) comes on screen, things seem to go back to normal. The cameras switch from stationary to handheld, giving viewers the illusion they're there, falling in love side-­by-­side with the couple.



By Alex Heuer

Local filmmaker and St. Louis native Nathan Sutton and his wife, Elisha Skorman, star
in Autumn Wanderer, a feature film about a man struggling to deal with his father' 
schizophrenia, and the possibility that he may inherit the disease himself.
The film debuted earlier this year at the Hollywood Film Festival, where Sutton was awarded the "Emerging Filmmaker" award.

Sutton and Skorman are screening the film at the Winifred Moore Auditorium on the
campus of Webster University, December 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. with a Q&A to follow.



Bootleg Edinburgh Interview - Nathan Sutton - Autumn Wanderer

Who/what inspired you to embark on a career in filmmaking?
I never intended to be a filmmaker. The word is so prestigious in my mind. Like writer or professor. I still have a hard time with it. I am quite uncomfortable with it, to be perfectly honest. I've wanted to act for a very long time, and pursued/am pursing that path to the best of my abilities. For me, the leap to filmmaking was a natural one. It was born out of frustration. Once you go on 2 or 3 hundred auditions and fail continuously, you either say, "Fuck it, I'm good enough, I'm moving on." Or you say, "I can do this, let me prove it." For me it was the latter. And then you will find the story you want to tell.

What does being a part of the Bootleg Film Festival, Edinburgh mean to you?
Just thinking about it brings quite a big smile to my face, honestly. The acceptance was validation at a time when I really needed it. Not to say we don't believe in our movie, because we'll fight to the death for it, but this is a very political and tough industry. It will wear you down if you let it. To be accepted, on an international level, by fellow cinephiles, was a big and important deal to me personally. I love the purity of this festival. I feel very blessed.





MARCH 12, 2014

By Callie Enlow

Within the first couple minutes of our phone conversation, the star and director of Autumn Wanderer, which screens at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum for one night next week and will be available via video-on-demand* April 8, was asking me to guess how much it cost to make the dreamy, gorgeous and unsettling film. "Um …” I fumbled, “I’m the worst person for those kinds of estimates.” So Nathan Sutton, who plays Autumn’s lead character Charlie, helped me out. “We shot for 12 days and our budget was $12,000. We only had a four-person crew.” Sutton, who is married to Autumn co-star and San Antonio native Elisha Skorman (a MacArthur and UIW grad), put that into perspective, “Including post-production costs and deliverables, the total cost was $30,000. For most movies, that’s what it would cost to feed a whole crew for one day.”

That’s impressive. Though obviously an art house film, Autumn Wanderer features clever, painterly shots and a washed-out palate befitting of its Los Angeles location. That is to say, it looks high-dollar, thanks to the many, many favors Sutton and Skorman called in as executive producers and veterans of LA’s film industry. However, the subject matter is one unlikely to be coming to a multiplex near you. Set in an alternate reality LA in which beautiful people read books and have answering machines instead of being tethered to their smartphones (note: that’s not even the trippiest part of this film! Keep reading!), Autumn Wanderer follows Charlie after a rough break-up. To put it vaguely, Charlie meets a woman, Nia (played by Skorman), who helps him come to terms with who he really is. Initially, you might think “ugh, low-budge indie flick about intelligent dude and quirky chick meeting cute, she changes his life, he loses her, blah, blah, whatever.”

But both Nia and Charlie have much more going on below the surface. Charlie’s father is in the heavily medicated depths of schizophrenia, and Charlie fears he may suffer the same fate. One of the more heartbreaking scenes occurs when Charlie tells his friend Audrey (a delightful Marianna Palka) that the reason he and his previous long-term girlfriend split is that he wanted to start a family—perhaps because he felt the inheritable disease hanging like the sword of Damocles above his head. As the film progresses, we’re drawn into Nia and Charlie’s increasingly bizarre relationship, which functions as a proxy for Charlie’s worries about his possible prognosis. “I’m hard to handle,” Nia warns Charlie early on, but neither he nor the audience has any idea how true that is.

* Video-on-demand services scheduled to air this film starting April 8 include Comcast, Time Warner and itunes



INDIEWIRE: Exclusive: Hollywood Film Fest Announces This Year's Winners

Emerging Filmmaker Award (for nascent local filmmaker)
Winner: Autumn Wanderer directed by Nathan Sutton (U.S.)
While dealing with his father's schizophrenia, and the very real possibility of it being passed down, Charlie meets the woman of his dreams.



2012 Breakouts: Anna Camp
Anna Camp knows how to shuttle between jobs. In 2008 she filmed her role as a dutiful wife-­turned-­
adulteress on True Blood while starring in the Broadway revival of Equus. But that was a mere warm-­up
to this year's balancing act. The actress, whose résumé includes stints on Mad Men and The Office, was
a veritable workaholic in 2012, with terrific turns on the big and small screens. She had an eight-­episode
arc on CBS' The Good Wife, where she played an Eve Harrington-­ish attorney with a knack for stirring up
office politics;; a supporting spot as Mindy Kaling's levelheaded best friend on the new Fox comedy The
Mindy Project;; and a lead role as a snippy college a cappella queen in the box office sleeper Pitch
Perfect. Dipping her toes in various projects "has been such a great thing that I get a little scared about
[the possibility of] being a series regular on a show," admits Camp, 30, who will next be seen in the 2013
indie dramas Autumn Wanderer and Goodbye to All That. "I love playing all sorts of different characters
at once and going back and forth. I hope I'm not creating character ADD