Treasure

Treasure is a coming-of-age story about Erica. Still reeling from losing her mother to cancer, she is aloof and distant from her father. One night, Erica attends a party and goes too far with the drinking. She runs her car off the road and is taken to the hospital. Since this is her first offense she avoids jail time by doing community service. Ramona, her case worker, sets her up to fulfill her obligation at a soup kitchen run by Angela. Erica hates working there, feeling that she is being unfairly punished. But a new friendship based on a love for geocaching and the realization that the patrons of the soup kitchen are much worse off than she has ever been leads Erica to question her old attitudes towards the meaning of life.

Come spend some time with us on Saturday evening watching Treasure followed by a question and answer session with Chris Williamson, the writer and director of this multi-award winning movie and lead actress Ansley Gordon.  They will spend some time answering any, and all, of our questions.

7:00 pm - 1st Screening and Q&A in the Windsor Salon

10:30 pm - 2nd Screening and Q&A in the Windsor Salon

can you find them all?

There is something very unique about this film: it features hidden geocaching trackable codes secretly embedded IN THE FILM for geocachers to discover. Only a geocacher will recognize the codes, and it means that geocachers can geocache while watching the film!

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Chris williamson - writer and director

Chris first picked up a camera in 2006 and immediately shot a feature-length documentary film about two buddhist brothers from Laos building a drag racing team in the United States.

Then for fun he shot another feature-length doc about underground hip-hop with cameo's from Snoop Dogg, Tech N9ne, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Method Man and more.

Treasure is his third feature and first fictional narrative feature. In his spare time he likes to play guitar, travel, and hang out with other local filmmakers.

 I’m a geocacher. I don’t get to do it as much as I would like but every now and then I just have to get away from the computer and go outside and connect back with nature. I tend to learn something when I’m out caching because caches often have info on why the cache is there. I’ve discovered some really cool places and things that I wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for caching. Recently I had a DNF at a really big awesome tree with branches that swooped down under the ground and came back up. It was amazing. It was DNF yes but I can tell you that I found something better than a cache there!

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chris' statement on treasure

Treasure – we all know it as something that is very special, important, or valuable – such as the life lessons Erica learns in her  journey from a place of hurt and rebelliousness to acceptance and joy. Like old skin we sometimes have to shake off old attitudes that keep us from growing. Sometimes we need a little help discarding old ways. To me, growing up means learning to care more about others than yourself, and in the end, that’s what Treasure is about – treasuring our connection with others.

I knew going into grad school that I would be given my own classes to teach and it terrified me. I had never had so many people depend on me! I was afraid that I would fail them, but in the end it was my caring about others that helped me help others to flourish. I did a tremendous amount of growing during that time and it has helped shape who I am today. I appreciate that opportunity more than anyone will ever know.

This was all possible because when I was younger, there were those around me that helped me grow into the kind of person that could take on this kind of responsibility. So Treasure is an ode to that time in our lives when we still need others, and how we learn to give back. We all have to come of age and it’s arguably the most important part of our lives.