Bread and Butter is a romantic comedy starring characters who aren't normally in romantic comedies.
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Have you ever felt like romantic comedies represented events and characters that don't exist in real life?
Well, so do we.
I cannot tell you how many romantic comedies I have seen. All to get that little high when the characters get together. But most romantic comedies are unhealthy. They set up this expectation that romance is going to be easily choreographed, seamless, and all women are pursued by two perfect men.
Bread and Butter is a darker romantic comedy that focuses on the moments leading up to the first kiss, the awkwardness of the courtship process, and the exploration of whether a partner is right or not.
Bread and Butter is inspired by movies like Secretary, Eagle Vs. Shark, The Last Days of Disco, Welcome To the Dollhouse, Please Give, Surviving Desire... The list goes on and on. It is a film that aims to be a character study of one neurotic, sexually inexperienced girl being thrown into the gauntlet of romantic pursuit.
Amelia Karinsky, 30, is an awkward virgin who has never had a boyfriend. She works for an eccentric life coach, Dr. Wellburn, who has a doctorate in Scandinavian Literature but prefers that you call him ‘Dr.’ as if he were a psychiatrist. Amelia's parents are trying desperately to avoid any sense of conflict in their relationship, and she is trying her best to relax amidst all this chaos.
One day Amelia buys a book at a used book store that has pencil scribblings throughout the margins of its pages. She becomes so entranced with whomever annotated the book that she tracks him down. Concurrently, a client of her boss’, Daniel Lodgen, starts to court Amelia. This newfound interest in her forces Amelia to open herself up to the option of being in a relationship and contributes to a growing anxiety regarding The Choice of which man to be with.
Bread and Butter is the story of Amelia Karinsky who, despite being 30 years old, is going through adolescence for the first time.
A lot of filmmakers will answer the question of “Why do I want to make this film?” with, “Because I can.” That can rub a lot of people the wrong way. It implies a sense of entitlement, a sense of egotism; it insinuates that there is no substance, no drive, no passion, no gumption- it appears to be simply a lazy answer. Perhaps there’s another way to interpret it, as I want to make “Bread and Butter” because I can.
I grew up as a neurotic child. Scared of everything. Constantly worried, hiding, avoiding. I remember in summer camp, a friend of mine, Tori, said to me that I lived in a castle, and I was hiding in the corner of the castle prison, but no one else was holding the key other than me. It might sound really trite now, but at the time it was a revelation. You mean I’m only hiding because I think there’s something to hide from? But the fear and the anxiety might not be necessary or even, might not exist?
Unfortunately Precocious Tori’s comment didn’t solve all my problems as fear and anxiety followed me around (at my own bidding) until age 23, when everything changed. I got into film school. I moved down to Los Angeles, and I started to do what I had dreamed of doing my entire life: I made movies because I could. Psychologically, emotionally, intellectually- all my worries and anxieties switched sides to aid me to create small video projects, instead of hinder me. The anxiety turned to adrenaline, the fear turned into confidence, somehow. Why then? Because I made the decision to move out of my parent’s house, to move to Los Angeles, and attempt to become more independent and do what I had dreamed of doing since I was very young. .
Now, what movie to make? I thought about how movies helped me when I was younger. I always drifted toward romantic comedies. They lifted love up to such a pedestal, they showed it to be exalted and wondrous and they gave me something to hope and wait for as a budding teenager. Romance was The End All Be All. But in every movie I saw, I never saw anyone like me up on the screen. Love was for the beautiful, love was for the tall and the skinny with the tiny noses and the blue eyes.
In high school, I would confess my affection dramatically to boys around me, inspired by the dramatic romantic confessions of the movies. The men would be terrified or evasive. I would pine away and start to imagine the perfect boyfriend, the perfect husband, the perfect life: he would be a starving artist; intense smoker, always wearing black, always angry at the establishment. We would talk forever about politics and changing the world.
What I needed at that time, instead of what I was exposed to, was a movie to inspire me to not give up hope, and at the same time, to further reveal that I was not alone in my loneliness. I needed a movie that told me that love happens for even the awkward and the shy, the short and the large nosed. What I needed was a reflection of someone like me, someone a little off, succeeding romantically.
I need to make “Bread and Butter” for my inner 16 year old. To provide an alternative romantic comedy for those who feel disenfranchised. To reinforce whatever magical force has pushed me to make a movie all these years. I need to make “Bread and Butter” because I can.
The Bottom Line
Bread and Butter is a micro-budget feature with women in all major crew positions (Writer/Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor). The crew is comprised mainly of USC Film School filmmakers, and our director, Liz Manashil, is a film critic for www.justseenit.com.
In order to make this film a reality, like we allude to in our video, we need to pay for permits, locations, insurance. We have to pay our actors, pay crew members.
For example: one location could be $1000 a day. But this location might be the cheapest price for what we need for that one day. Filmmaking is so expensive!
Everyone involved has been making movies for the past several years. We have learned how to squeeze high production values out of a tiny budget, and we have fun doing it.
Most feature films are made for millions of dollars. Donating to our Kickstarter campaign will help promote the idea that all films don't need to be made for millions of dollars, and that the most important thing a movie needs is a story with a message.
Over the next few days we will be announcing crew positions, actor attachments, general progress with our campaign. I cannot wait to share these things with you!
We are not fully crewed yet but here are the fabulous people who have come on board!
Writer/Director: Liz Manashil
Producers: Tiffany Gray, Chrissie Messuri, David Jay Lasky
Executive Producer: Valerie Weiss, Min Zhang, Michael A Simon
Director of Photography: Katie Walker
Editorial: Bruce Novotny and Lindsay Morrison
We are very fortunate to announce Richard Portnow as Dr. Wellburn. Please see our Update #1 for bio and photo.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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