Harmony and Me

Harmony and Me

USA, 2009, 75 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Black Comedy, Comedy, Coming of Age, Family Issues, Romance
Language: English

Winner! Starz People's Choice Award - Best Feature Film - SDFF 32
Digital presentation - Rough-hewn and heartfelt, the latest shoestring comedy from writer/director Bob Byington (RSO: Registered Sex Offender) chronicles the woes of Harmony, a mopey 30-year-old (Justin Rice, best known as the lead singer of alt-rock band Bishop Allen) who’s torn up after his girlfriend Jessica (Kristen Tucker, who also coproduces) dumps him. He seeks solace among his laconic slacker friends (indie vets Kevin Corrigan, Pat Healy, and Alex Karpovsky of Woodpecker, SDFF 31), who cheer him up with deadpan jokes about pedophilia and sexual dysfunction – although he gets no such sympathy from Mom, whose wisdom on searching for a new soulmate inheres in nuggets like “find one who moves her arms and legs.”
Byington's 75-minute slice-of-strife shares some of the cinematic sensibilities associated with the city it was shot in – Austin, Texas – what with its lo-fi digital look, its seemingly random (and highly engaging) streams of dialogue, and its sweet-and-sour view of romance. Rice’s performance as the down-in-the-mouth title character is winning (as were his turns in other low-budget charmers like Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation, SDFF 28), so in the end we’re all rooting for Harmony – and what has to pass as his redemption.

DIRECTOR: Bob Byington
Producer: Kristen Tucker, Anish Savjani (exec), Stuart Bohart (exec)
Editor: Frank Ross, Jacob Vaughan
Screenwriter: Bob Byington
Cinematographer: Jim Eastburn
Principal Cast: Justin Rice, Kevin Corrigan, Pat Healy, Alex Karpovsky, Kristen Tucker, Bob Byington, Jerm Pollet, Allison Latta, Margie Beegle, Keith Poulson, Bob Schneider
US Distributor: Film Science

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