YONKERS NATIVE WILLIAM DICKERSON’S NO ALTERNATIVE FILM TO MAKE NEW YORK DEBUT AT YOFIFEST IN NOVEMBER
Starring Harry Hamlin and Kathryn Erbe, Film Confronts Themes of Mental Illness,
Suicide and Addiction
The highly-anticipated feature-length indie film, No Alternative, starring Harry Hamlin and Kathryn Erbe, will make its East Coast premiere at New York’s YoFiFest in Yonkers, New York on November 3. The coming-of-age drama, written and directed by Yonkers native William Dickerson, tackles themes of mental illness, addiction and suicide and is set among the grunge-era of the early 1990s.
No Alternative is set in suburban Yonkers, New York in 1994, when teenagers idolized the grunge musicians of the day and struggled to express themselves while conforming to the norms of the conservative world around them. The story centers around Thomas Harrison and his younger sister Bridget, who boldly rejects the world around her, instead taking on the musical persona of a gangster rapper named “Bri Da B” – which is at best a controversial move and, at worst, a sign of her escalating mental illness.
“There is nothing more personal to me than this film,” says Dickerson. “When I first started the writing process, I felt compelled to tell the story. There’s one story that’s unique to each of us that only we can tell. For me, it’s this one. And as No Alternative was set and filmed entirely in Yonkers, my hometown, there’s no better place to have the film’s East Coast premiere than at YoFiFest next month.”
For more information on the No Alternative premiere, YoFiFest and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.yofifest.com/tickets
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About William Dickerson & No Alternative:
Dickerson graduated from The College of The Holy Cross with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Film and received his Master of Fine Arts in Directing from The American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His filmography includes his debut feature film, Detour; a metafictional satire, The Mirror, which opened YoFiFest’s inaugural film festival in 2013; and a recently completed third feature film, Don’t Look Back, which debuted on television to 1.1 million viewers on LMN. Based on his novel by the same name, No Alternative is loosely inspired by the true events of his life – specifically the character of Bridget who is inspired by Dickerson’s late sister, Briana. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Dances with Films Film Festival in Hollywood, one of the highest attended film festivals in the country, and scored Best Soundtrack at the Paris Art & Movie Awards in June. The award-winning soundtrack features songs from 90s standouts including Mudhoney, Failure, sElf, Superdrag, Lisa Loeb among others.
Honored as one of FilmFreeways “Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals”, twice voted “Best of Westchester” in Westchester Magazine’s annual poll, and named one of the “Top 10 Things To Do In Yonkers” by The Journal News/LoHud, YoFiFest is curated by award-winning film and television professionals and designed to encourage audiences and filmmakers to watch and talk about movies together. The sixth annual YoFiFest will once again screen films from all over the world including Ireland, Australia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, Sweden, Germany, Canada, Norway, Russia and The United Kingdom. It will also feature filmmakers from right in their own backyard, including a “Done In Yonkers” showcase on the evening of Monday, November 5, followed by “Westchester Wednesday” and “Local Students” showcases on Wednesday, November 6. The festival’s “mini film school” workshops are back, featuring topics such as screenwriting, crowdfunding, camera tips and tricks, producing new media and shooting in New York, all taught by accomplished industry professionals. There will also be networking events, receptions and nightly parties where audiences and filmmakers will get the chance to connect and converse. The festival takes place in Downtown Yonkers from 11/2 to 11/11. Information, schedules and tickets are available at YoFiFest.com.