Mixed up in budget madness this week, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you a quality independent feature film I saw recently: Golden Earrings. And by "independent," I don't mean a movie paid for by Sony with a 2 million dollar budget, I mean a true "use the resources you have to make the best movie possible" kind of independent movie.
I came upon the the movie due to an association with Marion Kerr, who participated in the reading of Love in the Time of Monsters at the end of last year. Marion is a fine actress, but I must admit that when most people tell me they wrote/directed/produced AND acted in their debut feature film, I get a little nervous. After watching the film, I have to say that Marion and her team did the best job I've seen avoiding the common problems of feature debuts.
A taut, psychological thriller, the story revolves around two best friends/roommates, Ronnie (Julia Marchese) and Sara (Kerr). After Sara leaves for the weekend and turns up missing, Ronnie begins to fear she is losing her mind. Is Sara appearing as a ghost or is it all part of Ronnie's fever dream? After the perquisite 10 minute setup of the characters, the story really gets rolling and doesn't let up until the end. And it definitely kept me guessing! If you like thrillers the way Alfred Hitchcock made them, you'll enjoy this.
To me, the best thing about the movie was that all of the things that usually hamper independent features (lack of time, budget, locations) actually work in Golden Earrings favor. By keeping the story focused and letting the actors do the heavy lifting (especially Marchese, who does great work), Marion proves you don't need a bunch of special effects to make something scary. You just need a tight script, quality actors, solid direction, and a lot of hard work.
Although LiToM is a different kind of film, I found Golden Earrings very inspiring as a filmmaker. If you want to check it out (and you should) you can go to the movie Home Page, or you can stream it for 5 bucks at IndieFlix.