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Editor's Note

Some weeks I’ve been writing in these Editor’s Notes ideas related to the business, politics and aesthetics of our current independent business, using the demands of filling this weekly space as a way to work out some thoughts that will hopefully see fuller realization later in the magazine. Reader feedback is a big part of this process, so thanks to those of you who write back or even repost the letters on your own blogs.

Other weeks, though, this letter is less ambitious. This is one of those weeks. At the Filmmaker office we’re hard at work on our “25 New Faces” issue, which is our yearly stab at identifying the movers and shakers of tomorrow’s indie film world. We look at a lot of shorts and features, read a bunch of scripts, and talk to quite a few people in the indie film scene. We’re overwhelmed, frankly. There’s a lot of good work out there, and with about 15 of the 25 locked in so far, finishing the list is all about balance – making sure the list is diverse, that different regions are well represented, and that there’s an element of surprise to it. Hopefully you’ll be happy to see some people on it and scrambling to Google others you’ve never heard of. So, with that, putting another DVD in the player and heading back to work.


Scott Macaulay

Winner of indieWIRE's Undiscovered Gems Audience Award in '07, David Munro's Full Grown Men follows Alby Cutrera (Matt McGrath), a 35-year-old husband and father who would rather play with his action figures and stay a kid forever than accept any adult responsibilities. He loved his childhood so much he wants to take a trip down memory lane, literally. Alby tracks down his childhood friend, Elias (Judah Friedlander) who teaches at a special needs school, and convinces him to take a road trip to their favorite childhood amusement park, Diggityland. Along the way they meet some strange people and re-open old childhood wounds. Alby realizes that it's time to grow up and leave his past childish behavior where it belongs, in the past. He's an adult now, whether he likes it or not.


Expired is the story of Claire (Samantha Morton), a shy, unimposing meter maid whose life with her stroke-afflicted mother (Teri Garr) is shaken up when she meets Jay (Jason Patric), a troubled fellow parking officer. As Claire emerges from her shell and emotionally stunted Jay jumps at the opportunity to woo her, their love affair becomes an awkward and hilarious tale of resistance and attraction, and she must decide whether to engage or retreat. Written and Directed by Cecilia Miniucchi, Expired explores the comedy and compassion inherent in the flaws of damaged characters while offering intense insight into those complex mechanisms that impede human intimacy. See Nick Dawson's interview with writer-director Cecilia Miniucchi below


This week on the blog, Writer/director John Magary blogs for the first time from Sundance Directors' Lab, Scott Macaulay looks at Ray Pride's Chicago photo exhibition "Enter Dream" and updates on Jamie Stewart's controversial short "In Spring."

To read more posts from our blog, click here.




By Nick Dawson

After observing and learning from some of the best directors around, writer-director Cecilia Miniucchi has put all her acquired wisdom to use in a distinctive and promising debut.

Given that she made the 60-minute film Normality back in 1990 and has also directed a handful of shorts, her debut feature, Expired, is a long time coming. The film is an unlikely and often unromantic love story. Against the backdrop of a depressing and alienating Los Angeles, Miniucchi presents the dysfunctional central relationship in a blackly comic manner redolent of Neil LaBute. read more

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