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On the Water (Vee peal)

July 28, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series presents
On the Water (Vee peal)

In Estonian with English subtitles
Estonia, not rated, directed by Peeter Simms, 2020, comedy-drama, 106 minutes

On the Water unfolds in rural Soviet Estonia in the early 1980s, during a pivotal year in the life of a shy teen, Andres, who is being raised by his strict grandparents. Surrounded by eclectic neighbors including brawling alcoholics, grifting prostitutes and cranky war veterans, Andres slowly unlocks his potential through seasons of experiences that include fishing expeditions, adolescent angst, and a summer romance. The touching yet never sentimental screenplay is by Olavi Ruitlane, based on his own best-selling novel.

Meet the Curator
Dale M. Pollock, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, received a BA in Anthropology from Brandeis University in 1972 and MS in Communications from San Jose State University. In 1977, he became the head film critic for the Daily Variety until he was hired by the Los Angeles Times to be their chief entertainment correspondent. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in the early 1980s and wrote Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas in 1984, which has sold more than 150,000 copies and remains in print. In 1985, Pollock joined David Geffen’s company as a development executive. He joined A&M Films as vice president in charge of production, and was named president in 1990, producing such films as The Mighty Quinn, A Midnight Clear and Mrs. Winterbourne. Pollock ran his own film company, Peak Productions, for 10 years, producing the box office hit Set It Off. He co-founded the producing program at the American Film Institute in 1995. In 1999, he became Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the (then) North Carolina School of the Arts, stepping down in 2006 to become Emeritus Professor of Cinema Studies. Pollock was awarded an Endowed Professorship in Film in his name at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking and is the 2016 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence, along with the 2020 Arts Council of Winston Salem’s Annual Award, its highest honor.

Other films in the series:
Playground (Un monde)
– July 8
Belfast – July 13
When Pomegranates Howl
– July 20

With special thanks to our generous sponsors for this series, Helene and Stephen Weicholz, and our curator, Dale Pollock.

LOCATION: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC 28608

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at theschaefercenter@appstate.edu or call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.


Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 7pm

Features a pre-film introduction and a post-film moderated discussion with this year’s curator, Dale Pollock

Canadian Brass


“A poignant script, attractive production design and appealing performances bring something fresh to familiar coming-of-age tropes.”Variety


  • 1 win, 2 nominations
  • Official submission of Estonia for the Best International Feature Film category of the 94th Academy Awards in 2022


July 28, 2022
7:00 pm
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