Thursday, May 29, 2014

Film Radar: "ODD BRODSKY—a Movie about Hollywood—to have Hollywood Premiere at 17th Annual Dances With Films"

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How does one make it in Hollywood these days? By getting their name in front of people!  And that’s exactly what director Cindy Baer is doing with her new movie ODD BRODSKY, which is set to have its Hollywood Premiere at the historic Chinese Theatres as the Alumni Spotlight Feature at the 17th Annual Dances With Films Festival.

Getting her name in front of people is just one of many concepts taken to hilarious extreme in ODD BRODSKY, an off-beat comedy about the adventures of 30-something Audrey Brodsky, played delightfully by Tegan Ashton Cohan, who’ll do just about anything to find her big break in Hollywood.

Encouraged from an early age by her doting mother Mary (Jesse Meriwether) at anything and everything, young Audrey (Ilana Klusky) makes a grave-side promise to become an actress.  Audrey grows up, moves to Hollywood, and finds great success… working forty hours a week at a steady office job she hates.  Ten years pass in the blink of an eye when Audrey finally decides to reclaim her childhood dream.

Although her befuddled father Joe (John Alton) doesn’t understand, Audrey finds support with “the Angels”, a group of five close girlfriends who encourage one another through tough love, which also makes for good comedy.  Here we meet fellow Angel Sammy (played by director/actress Cindy Baer, who also narrates the movie) and she’s “stuck” too. This plot point proves to be an interesting one, because it later comes around in a way that’s instrumental to Audrey’s plight, albeit not in a way you may expect.
Antics ensue as Audrey fumbles to create her new life as an actress. She hires an aspiring camera man from the internet named Camera One (Matthew Kevin Anderson) and moves in with a sexy new roommate Spuds (actor/musician Scotty Dickert). Insider jokes about living in Los Angeles bring forth some amusing social commentary about the importance we place on celebrity.  But don’t be fooled.  Below the jokes lies a bittersweet story that proves both inspiring and realistic.  Although this tale is industry- and female- centric, anyone who’s ever felt stuck, disconnected or invisible will relate to this film. In the end, we are reminded that validation and happiness have little to do with fame. What most people want is to be connected; connected with ourselves, each other and the world.

Sure to be a crowd-pleaser playing on its home turf, ODD BRODSKY screens as the Alumni Spotlight Feature at the 17th Annual Dances With Films Festival on Saturday night, June 7th at 7:15pm.

Tickets are available at the Chinese Theatre box office or here:

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