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Josh Wolff and His North Shore Hiccup

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Josh Wolff, director of 'Hiccup' in Chicago Josh Wolff, director of 'Hiccup' in Chicago

The last time 32-year-old Josh Wolff graced the shores of Delaware, it was about two years ago. He visited Bethany Beach, which is more toward the southern end. During his childhood, his family vacationed in the First State's beach resorts every summer. The Silver Spring, Maryland-native now lives in Chicago. He will be showcasing his short film Hiccup, which is playing at the 16th annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.

Hiccup was shot at Wolff's grandmother's house on Chicago's North Shore. It's a 6-minute story about two men who both have hit rock bottom and who are now forced to interact. Not only have both moved back to their parents' homes but also both have separated from their female companions. It's a piece that's built largely on the performances of the two actors: Michael McKeogh and Mark Lancaster. When I talked to Wolff, he spoke mostly of his actors' work on screen rather than his own work behind it.

This might be because Wolff is himself an actor or at least he used to be. He told me how got the acting bug at a young age. He said it started around 4th grade. That probably would have made him around 9 years-old. It may be a coincidence, but his bug might have come as a result of seeing The Big Chill, which Wolff said he also saw at the age of 9. He said he watched a lot of Saturday Night Live and mimicked it, probably with the camera his dad gave him. He did a lot of skits, and eventually when he grew up went into theatre.

Wolff graduated in 2003 from Bowdoin College in Maine. It was the same school his brother Ben attended. His brother is three years older. During Wolff's junior year, he went to a 4-week film camp in Rockport, ME. Actors from New York City were invited. It was a real networking event, and it was such a great experience that when he returned to the Washington, DC area, he still wanted to be an actor on the stage. He worked as an Arts Administration Apprentice at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

Again, that was a great experience, but afterward he thought he really wasn't getting anywhere. Like most who work for the stage and screen, Wolff loved to tell stories, but he started to feel burned out as an actor. He wanted more control, and, to him, simply acting gives you the least amount of control as a storyteller, particularly when it comes to film.

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