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The Scenesters

This knowing parody of Los Angeles independent filmmaking recalls early features by Joe Dante (Hollywood Boulevard) and John Landis (Schlock): it's slapdash but eager to please, and the movie in-jokes aren't half-bad. An effete mumblecore director and his big-talking producer (who have just finished a movie called "Nothing Is Everything") decide to raise money for their next project by working as videographers on crime scene investigations; inevitably, they end up shooting a documentary about the hunt for a serial killer. Many of the cast and crew members have worked together for years making Internet videos, which accounts for both the strengths and weaknesses of this enterprise: the players exhibit an established group dynamic that's enjoyable to watch, but the story seems to have been conceived in three-to-five minute increments. Todd Berger directed his own script and plays the onscreen director as well.

Credits

Director:

  • Todd Berger

Cast:

  • Sherilyn Fenn
  • Blaise Miller
  • Suzanne May
  • Jeff Grace
  • Kevin Brennan
  • Todd Berger
  • Monika Jolly
  • James Jolly
  • Summer Perry
  • Robert R. Shafer
  • Elizabeth Sandy

Producers:

  • Kevin Brennan
  • Jeff Grace
  • Christopher Sabin
  • Eric Sherman

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