2010 July 14

Archive | July 14, 2010

Why Am I Doing This?

Two young performers have to deal with racial stereotyping along with the countless other stumbling blocks to establishing a successful career in this independent comedy from director Tom Huang. Lester Niles (Anthony Montgomery) is a struggling stand-up comic who deals in dry observational humor. However, Lester is also African-American, and audiences and comedy club bookers are often puzzled about why his material isn’t more “black,” while his manager and half-brother Kenny (Joe Torry) urges him to sound more like Martin Lawrence. Adding to his frustrations, Kenny is in love with Nira (Sheetal Sheth), who clearly likes him but doesn’t take him seriously as a boyfriend. Lester is good friends with Tony Chang (Tom Huang), an aspiring actor who is Asian-American and sick of getting auditions for roles as sushi chefs, delivery boys or exchange students. Tony’s parents are tired of his career getting nowhere, his older sister Donna (Tamlyn Tomita) is a successful businesswoman who thinks Tony should quit show biz for a desk job, and his younger brother Danny (Dion Basco) is a would-be rapper and street racer. And Tony has his own romantic problems, as he’s torn between Katie (Lynn Chen), a fellow struggling actor he meets while they’re both working a children’s party, and Amber (Emma Caulfield), who is blonde and beautiful but more interested in borrowing Tony’s car than a long-term relationship. WHY AM I DOING THIS? won the “New Visions” Award at the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival. (122 hr.)

Jack Goes Boating

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this play adaptation. Co-starring Amy Ryan (GONE BABY GONE), JACK GOES BOATING is an off-kilter romantic comedy that follows a pothead in his search for love in New York City. John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega return to the roles they played on stage.

I Spit on Your Grave

Writer Jennifer Hills takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer’s presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few morally deprived locals who set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson. They break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation and intimidation, quickly and uncontrollably escalates into a night of physical abuse and torturous assault. But before they can kill her, Jennifer sacrifices her broken and beaten body to a raging river that washes her away. As time passes, the men slowly stop searching for her body and try to go back to life as usual. But that isn’t about to happen. Against all odds, Jennifer Hills survived her ordeal. Now, with hell bent vengeance, Jennifer’s sole purpose is to turn the tables on these animals and to inflict upon them every horrifying and torturous moment they carried out on her… only much, much worse.