A successful, living example of the “write what you know” advice is actor/director/filmmaker Adam Bronstein. His delightful autobiographical comedy “My Movie Girl” will be featured at the Edmonds International Film Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.edmondsfilmfestival.com.
The film won awards for best comedy, best soundtrack and audience favorite for best feature film at last year’s Lakedance Film Festival.
The story: Everything Adam, the character played by Adam Bronstein, knows about love, he learned from the movies. Unfortunately, Adam is no Cary Grant, and the closest he’s come to experiencing true romance is one drunken night with his unrequited love, Kate. But that evening was not exactly An Affair to Remember, so he casts himself and Kate in a movie re-creation of their one night, hoping for a better ending. It’s a total flop, and Adam is forced to cast a new Kate when she no longer wants any part of her part. But re-casting Kate leads to an ending that even Adam never saw coming, in this playful comedy about love, movies and how our love of movies affects how we love.
Adam, the actor/director/filmmaker, is a native New Yorker. He studied film and animation at Rhode Island School of Design, and produced a string of autobiographical animated shorts there. After graduation, he headed to California where he worked on such films as “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story 2,” and “A Bug’s Life,” in the Story Department at Pixar Animation Studios. Then, the call of live action and real actors could no longer be silenced. Inspired by his own life story, he created “My Movie Girl,” Adam’s first live action venture and a very animated feature film debut.
Both Bronstein and fellow-actor Mackenzie Firgens (Vivian) will be on hand after the screening to answer questions from the audience.
“The way we watch movies is changing and it’s a rare treat for us to get to screen our film in a classic single-screen movie house like the Edmonds Theater,” Bronstein said. “More and more audiences are hitting the multiplexes or watching movies right from home and these single-screen theaters are really at risk of becoming a thing of the past. “My Movie Girl” is a throwback to a time in cinema when movies were more character-driven than effects-driven, and a time when people got together and watched movies as a community in theaters like the one you have in Edmonds. We’re honored to have the chance to screen in a community that still heads out in support of the arts with so much passion. I only wish more communities came together to preserve some of these old theaters the way the people of Edmonds have with their local theater.”
Bronstein is also happy to work with the Festival co-founders again. “Trevor and his dad have been true champions for the independent film scene for a while now and they’ve been great supporters of our film. We’ve done several festivals and can honestly say that Trevor and Fred have something very special going on as Festival Directors. Their commitment and dedication to showcasing truly independent cinema and making every film they showcase feel special is second to none. The people of Edmonds are in good hands with Trevor and Fred at the helm of this festival and I think they’re really going to enjoy this event. We can’t wait.”
“My Movie Girl” screens with three other short films, all comedies, including a sneak-peek at the long-awaited project of Festival Director Trevor Greenfield, Edmonds and Seattle-based “Don’t Call Me a Doctor,” and the award-studded comedy shorts “True Beauty This Night” and “Skylight.”
The Edmonds International Film Festival takes place Oct. 20-24 and will feature three nights of independent film screenings with actors and directors present and answering audience questions, as well as many other events throughout the festival. Schedule information, movies, events, photos, movie trailers, clips and tickets are available through the official website at www.edmondsfilmfestival.com.