2003, USA, 98 minutes
John Cassini is the last guy Hollywood would ever give a leading role
in a high profile picture (so he) had to make Break a Leg happen from scratch,
and as a result his performance is imbued with a special resonance and sense
of theatrical showmanship. Variety
We raise the curtain on the 6th San Francisco Independent Film Festival with
an excellent, and very funny, example of DIY independent movie-making: Monika
Mitchells multiple award-winning debut feature, Break a Leg.
What would you do if one person stood between you and your life-long dream
again and again? Mitchells brilliant black comedy is the rags-to-riches
tale of a talented actor who cant get a breakso he makes one. Despite
his obvious talent, Max is always the second choice for career-making parts.
He continually loses the great roles to a producers talentless nephew,
or to drug-addled Tinseltown has-beens with more marketable names.
So he is forced to claw his way to the top with raw talentand a baseball
Boasting an intelligent and heart-felt script, stylish direction, laugh-out-loud
gags and an exceptional acting ensemble, Break a Leg will remind you just how
vacant the multiplex talent-pool really is. Indie staples Jennifer Beals, Rene
Rivera, Molly Parker, Barry Primus, Kevin Corrigan, Sandra Oh and Eric Roberts
(as the marketable name) round out the outstanding cast. Dont
In attendance: Director Monika Mitchell, Actor/Writer/Producer John Cassini,
Actor/Writer Frank Cassini, Actors Jennifer Beals, Rene Rivera, Molly Parker,
Barry Primus, JJ Johnston.