Presented by Beguiled Cinema
Laura Colella and cast members via Skype!
Saturday, August 9th at 8:00 pm, $7 -10
“I absolutely love it! You’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a smile from beginning to end.” –Paul Thomas Anderson
The micro-budgeted comedy Breakfast With Curtis was shot almost entirely in the homes of writer-director Laura Colella and her neighbors. Yet this is no ordinary home movie–it’s a coming-of-age story, family portrait, and stoner comedy all rolled into one. The title character is an introverted 14-year-old boy who overcomes his social anxiety during a “seminal summer” when he befriends the lovable eccentrics who live next door. His adventure begins when chief eccentric Syd asks him to shoot and edit a web series called “Breakfast With Syd,” in which the reclusive artist reflects on his life in the cultural underground and anything else that pops into his head. In making the series, Curtis becomes part of Syd’s little commune, which includes his wife, his artist roommates, and his kooky old landlady, Sadie. Eventually Curtis’s parents–who had fallen out with the neighbors five years earlier–learn to lighten up and follow suit.
Colella, who studied film at Harvard under the great Raul Ruiz, employs graceful tracking shots, screwball-style comic dialogue, and dreamy, laid-back pacing to advance a wholly cinematic style all her own. The film inspires a sense of wonder that’s all the more impressive given the seemingly limited setting. Such is the achievement of Breakfast With Curtis: it encourages us to find life-changing experiences where we rarely think to look.
Breakfast With Curtis is Laura Colella’s third feature as writer/director/editor. Laura’s films have screened at over 100 festivals, winning over 25 awards. She studied film as an undergraduate at Harvard, and is represented by United Talent Agency and Circle of Confusion. She also writes and directs plays, teaches Directing, Screenwriting and Filmmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, collaborates on multimedia productions with Everett Company, and freelances in screenwriting, cinematography, and editing.
Programmed by Ben and Kat Sachs for Beguiled Cinema.
Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, video