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A touching meditation on the competing pulls of desire and necessity.
- Review Magazine

An iconoclastic critique of corporate/social lockstep-ism.
Hints at the bigger question of what makes life relevant

and gently asks,"Where is your right and natural place?"
- Kurt Steiner (Guinness World Record for most consecutive skips of a stone)

Don't worry if it becomes difficult to tell what to take
seriously and what to laugh at in Skippers, that is the point.
- Reel Chicago

The film's ensemble cast is admirably up for
Wertheimer's weird mix of humor, sentimentality and Zen.
- The Independent Critic

Beyond the humor, there are some surprisingly emotional scenes.
- Delta Collegiate

Excellent performances from its cast... 
great shots of a small town and of stone skipping.
- Film Threat

Wertheimer gets very good performances from his lead cast members.
He takes a lot of risks in creating understated, off-beat weirdos.
- Movies and Shakers

I laughed so hard it hurt at points... It's so delightful
seeing something totally random, with such a unique voice.
- Dan Schechter (writer/director, Supporting Characters)

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Skippers is my second feature film, an intense and offbeat comedy melodrama, and probably the best narrative stone skipping film ever made. It was shot in beautiful Bay City, Michigan, in the fall of 2016, and premiered in 2018.


A mysterious drifter breathes new life into a small town by teaching the Zen of stone skipping. But when he gets too close to the sister of a powerful local, stones might not be the only thing sinking in the river.


Best Feature - Adirondack Film Festival

Best Feature - Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival

Ginny Award for Inspiration, Creativity & Imagination - Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival

Best of Fest - Benton Park Film Festival

Best Feature - Benton Park Film Festival

Best Screenplay - Benton Park Film Festival

Nominee: Best Feature - Windy City International Film Festival

Official Selections

2018 Manhattan Film Festival (New York, NY)

2018 Indy Film Fest (Indianapolis, IN)

2018 Windy City International Film Festival (Chicago, IL)

2018 Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival (Bay City, MI)

2018 Adirondack Film Festival (Glens Falls, NY)

2018 Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival (Twin Falls, ID)

2019 Borrego Springs Film Festival (Borrego Springs, CA)

2019 Central Michigan International Film Festival (Mount Pleasant, MI)

2019 Benton Park Film Festival (St. Louis, MO)

2019 Sunscreen Film Festival (St. Petersburg, FL)

Other Screenings

Google Chicago, June 25, 2019 (Chicago, IL)

Midland Center for the Arts, September 13-15, 2019 (Midland, MI)

ATF on Demand, June 12 - August 7, 2020 (Adirondack Theatre Festival online screening) 

Howland Public Library Movie Kit To-Go selection, July 29, 2021 (Beacon, NY)

Analog Video + Cinema, November 10, 2022 (Chicago, IL)


Cast & Crew


Chris Roberti

Kenny Zimlinghaus

Kate Villanova

Julie Mann

Brian Jolles

Inney Prakesh

Written, directed & produced by

Aaron Wertheimer

Produced by

Alan LaFave

Executive producers

David Margolese

Sean O'Grady

Bill Stertz

Director of photography

Steven Schuermans

Edited by

Anthony Mascorro

Music by

Connor Hanwick


Cow Lamp Films

Photo: Josh Sternberg


Photo: Jacob Hamilton / Bay City Times

Photo: Jacob Hamilton / Bay City Times

Photo: Jacob Hamilton / Bay City Times

Photo: Josh Sternberg

Photo: Jacob Hamilton / Bay City Times

Photo: Josh Sternberg

Photo: Don Hessell


Illustration: Anthony Richichi

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