- Yes 2019
- Abi 2019
The Meeting Chronicles
Howard Nash, Robert Kwartler, Richard Spitaleri, Mike Marino, Mary Jane Bulseco (executive), Craig Batchker (executive), Vincent Monfredo (executive) for Starrunner LLC, Open Communications
directed by Russ Emanuel, Blake Lawrence
starring Howard Nash, Shay Gines, Ellen Reilly, Julian Mathis Brenner, Dyanne Mercante, Mary Tamashiro, Tyler Shand, Marisa Roper, Gene Weiss, Robert Kwartler, Lisa Greenberg, Michael Lester, Michael Olibrice, Robert Harrington, Mickey Ryan, Jose Tejeda, Neeli Ravi, Giovanni Sanseviero, Paula Blum, Cris Colicchio, Armen Mazlumian, Joseph Coppola, Rachel Jayne, Francisco Leon, Maurice Mack, Heidi Misken, Glen Robinson, Rhea Sandstrom, Mike Marino, Starleigh Caldwell, Craig Batchker, Tom Santino, Anthony Santino, Joe Murray, Ken Goldstein, Dennis Prevete, Vincent Monfredo, Matt Kruger, Michael Pugliese, Jayden Abrams, Michael Lester, Dane West, Wynne Anders, Mike Batelli, Guy Wegener, Ron Michaels, Robert John Michaels, Erika Bowman, Jourdan Cinnante
written by Julianne Carlile, Max Hirsch, Pamela Kwartler, Robert Kwartler, Robert Harrington, Howard Nash, music by John Plenge, Kevin MacLeod
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For years now, George (Howard Nash) has been hosting workshops for
budding screenwriters at the local community center, workshops that really
promise little to no gain for the attendees, as George himself has long
lost control of the group and his occasional guest speakers, including a
homeless man (Julian Mathis Brenner), a female pornstar (Dyanne Mercante),
a depressed clown or even salespersons for an auditioning app, less and
less hit the mark of helping anyone in their careers. As a consequence,
all attentees are either frustrated or just amazingly bored ... or both,
really. But how have things gotten that way?
It was 10 years ago when George, then himself a budding screenwriter,
has started a group of like-minded hopefuls who wanted to break into the
film industry - and even if none of their projects ever got anywhere, and
neither of them were really prolific writers to begin with, the community
feeling of being in this together gave all of them some kind of
reinforcement ... that is until new recruit Sylvia (Shay Gines) arrived on
the scene, and George took an immediate liking to her - a
"liking" that bordered lust. Now George was married though, and
insisted on walking the straight and narrow - but his being attracted to
Sylvia was just too much for him to handle, and what once had been a
screenwriters' club was now becoming more and more George's own soap
opera, especially once his wife (Ellen Reilly) found out about Sylvia ...
The flashback scenes are actually from the 2004 featurette The
Meeting by Blake Lawrence, that featured some of the same cast as the
newly shot scenes.
Basically, The Meeting Chronicles is really good fun,
in parts because despite all the exaggerations along the way, it just
rings true, and I'm sure everybody who has ever been in some amateur group
of anything will find at least some of the film directly relatable. Plus
despite the occasional misfire, most of the comedy is really funny. But
what makes the movie more than its humour is its grounded characters who
play it mostly straight and thus make the film feel real, all of which
makes of course for pretty good entertainment.