Rye High Jinx

Rye High Jinx is the hour-long 2015 Senior Movie about Judson Ellis (a RHS senior) and Judd Rothstein (a RHS teacher), who switch bodies. I directed, co-produced, and co-edited the movie. The other main crew members were Michael Chen, Judd Rothstein, Judson Ellis, Alexandros Koutsogeorgas, and Tim Hardis.

Check out the trailer below!

This was a super long project — the original idea was developed by a group of students who were seniors the year before us. The six of us then spent the first semester of senior year creating a 55-page script, and the second semester filming and editing the movie. It was a marathon, but it was a blast.

The full movie is now available on YouTube as well! Check it out below:

The prologue/ prophecy that starts the movie off sets the tone pretty well:

In sleepy hamlet Rye in fair New York
The oracle did say, ten score ago,

A transformation there will soon occur
To rend its quiet people to and fro

'Twas said two men born on the eighth of May
Two men of different class and different life

When the youngest man does turn 18
Will then collide and to their town bring strife

For on that day the stars of Gemini
Align with Triton, Neptune’s seventh moon

And then will bring a solar tide of change
Two men colliding, life and order hewn

Two men, aye, of different class and life
One born a prince of men, one trodding mud

Will switch their souls and swap their consciousness
A joke of fate that both men are named Judd.

Credits

Directed by Leon Overweel

Produced by Leon Overweel • Judd Rothstein

Written by Michael Chen • Judson Ellis • Tim Hardis • Alexandros Koutsogeorgas • Leon Overweel • Judd Rothstein

Edited by Michael Chen • Leon Overweel

Based on a story by Courtney Colwell • Allison Keough • Daniel MacLaury • Luke McGinty • Elliot Meister • Judd Rothstein

Starring Judson Ellis • Judd Rothstein

Also starring Kayla Love • John Murolo • Connor Dowling • Luke Calderone

Introducing Rhys and Tess Rothstein

Also starring also Brit Foster • Sal Curella • Jared Small • Rich Savage • Elizabeth Ellis • Dom Valinoti • Christen Klewicki • Michael Limone

Featuring Michael Chen • Kristen Warner • John Arenas • Grace Dowling • Matt Belanger • Jackie Beveridge • Sarah Jautz • Owen Glassberg • Hadley Durkee • Rob Coppola • Alexandros Koutsogeorgas • Kevin Kelly • Beth Naber • Jenn Giaquinto • Aliyah Scarfone • Alex Neave • MaryKate McLoughlin • Nabil Azim • Stephanie DeMartini • John Thomure • Yossi Watanabe • John Emmanuel • Lucy Weld • Kenta Takatsu • Matt DiCostanzo • Will Durkee • Molly Powers • Brenna Smith • Molly Nash • Andrew Emanuel • Mike Agosta • Bobby Zegarelli • James Baker • Yuika Abe • Leah Sittenfeld • Dan Millard • Nat Deen • Greg Yannett • Natalie Pugliatti • Nick Gordon • Penny Deen • Al Mercado • Laura Cunningham-Barrett • Maria Murphy • David Ellis • Faith DeLucia • Jenn Chittenden • Leon Overweel • Maddy Speal • George Krajca • Roni Sarig • Gerry Chisholm • Barbara Finder • Amanda Albano

Appearances by Ryan Bird • Jenny Wang • Daniel Kenefick • Jim Palmer • Ilana Olbrys • Emily Brown • Roger Cabrera • Peter Sims • Patrick Condon • David Yassen • Amanda Yannett • Charlotte Romano • Mike Kamer • Sam Viger • Mark Levinson • Josh Bean • Astrid Garcia • Matias Briceno • Jason Ehrlich • Holly Hunter • Peter McKenzie • Ryan Ott • Izzy DiEdwards • Jen Wales • Maggie McDermott • Caroline Davitt • Santi Buenahora • Aisling Quirke • Min Kim • Hannah Krapes • Emily Quirke • Maddie Gamble • Jeff Faulkner • Rolf Koehler • Laura Glicksman • Muffin Lady • Kim Mooney • Sarah Breckinridge's Car • Andrew Livingston's Car • The Romanos' Car • Faizan Malik • Christian Sposta • Kelsey Pellon • Natasha Valk-Bronstein • Tim Hardis • Amber Mustafic • Kotono Hamaguchi • LauraAnn Pacos • Kelly Hyland • Colin Devlin • Mariam Syed • Ruby Mann • Katie Salk • Pierce Crowly • Matt Ward • Kieran Mehlan • Chloe Jennings • Giuilia Balentine • Sarah MacKay • Peter Green

Special thanks Andrew Dapolite • Elliot Meister • Min Kim • The Chens • The Hardises • The Overweels • The Ellises • The Koutsogeorgases • Jason Chen • Mr. Zegarelli • Mrs. Taylor • RHS Custodians • Brit Foster • The Emanuels • Ted Livingston • Dr. Edwards • Mike Bruno • Josh Plaice • Mary Henwood • Chris Courtney • Alexander Reifsnyder • Tom Snowden • Marty Millman