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USA, 2011, 87 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art/Filmmaking, Comedy
Program: Reel Social ClubLanguage: English
DIRECTOR: Daniel Schechter
Producer: Tim Duff, Adam Der ArisEditor: Daniel SchechterScreenwriter: Daniel Schechter, Tarik LoweCinematographer: Richard UlivellaPrincipal Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe, Arielle Kebbel, Kevin Corrigan, Sophia Takal, Lena Dunham
In this movie-about-a-movie, best friends Nick (Alex Karpovsky) and Darryl (Tarik Lowe) are a sharp co-editing team brought in to polish a substandard romantic comedy whose neurotic director (Kevin Corrigan) has run amok. As the duo make the final trims on the small indie film, problems in their own real-life love lives spill over into their workdays. Things get sticky when the film’s sexy starlet (Arielle Kebbel) starts flirting with Nick. Although Nick is happily engaged to Amy (Sophia Takal), he begins to imagine there can be no harm in embarking upon a romantic fling. Meanwhile, Darryl is distracted by an on-again, off-again relationship with his dramatically emotional new girlfriend (Melonie Diaz). Complicating matters further, Nick receives a job offer that threatens the two pals’ friendship.
The film, co-written by Lowe and director Daniel Schechter, is a smart New York buddy comedy shot on high-definition digital video around a small set of Manhattan apartments, city streets, and the film studio where work proceeds. The entire cast lives and works in New York, and most are personal friends of Schecter’s, who has said he hates auditioning. Schechter credits a New York audio post house for bringing invaluable authenticity to the low-budget endeavor by allowing the film crew to shoot in its top-of-the-line facility. The lively script, rife with comical barbed exchanges between Nick and Darryl, examines the nature of working relationships as carefully as it does its romantic ones. Girls fans will recognize Karpovsky and Lena Dunham, who has a small role. The “supporting characters” of the title, while helping upgrade actors and directors from nobodies to Names, inevitably return to anonymity when their work is done.
- JULIET SHERWOOD
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