Ham On Rye
Official Selection: Maryland Film Festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival
“Ham on Rye is a truly unique. If you like works that are off the beaten path, in terms of pacing and storytelling, it’s an excellent film to watch.” – The Film Magazine
Imagine, for a moment, if prom really was the most important night of a person’s life, that the night determined the full expanse, or confines, of your future. This is the central premise of Ham on Rye, a vivid and surreal dry comedy, where a bizarre gathering at a local deli serves as a pivotal initiation into adulthood for the youth of a seemingly normal suburb. Replete with poop talk, Slim Jims, duelling cliques, and cameos from Nickelodeon stars of yesteryear, Tyler Taormina’s debut feature is a mass ensemble driven coming-of-age story that looks at American suburbia in both its idealized and dystopian forms, conjuring the jittery excitement of youth’s golden hour, before descending into the mysterious nightfall of adulthood. Expertly choreographed and lensed, Ham on Rye is a hypnotizing collection of precisely measured scenes and inspired cross between The Virgin Suicides, Dazed and Confused and Twin Peaks.