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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

BREAKING UPWARDS

By D.E.Levine

A NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS 2010 SELECTION

Director: Daryl Wein
Writers: Peter Duchan, Zoe Lister Jones and Daryl Wein (screenplay)
Cast: Zoe Lister Jones, Daryl Wein, Julie White, Andrea Martin, Peter Friedman, La Chanze, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Olivia Thirlby, Pablo Schreiber, Heather Burns, Tate Ellington, Francis Benhamou, David Call, Sam Rosen, Max Jenkins, Michael Benjamin, Charles Socarides, Michael Warner and Audrey Allison Wauchope
Producers: Zoe Lister Jones and Daryl Wein
Associate Producer: Peter Duchan
Original Music: Kyle Forester
Running Time: 129 Minutes
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Genre: Romance

Can an indie film produced on a shoestring budget by relative newcomers upstage some of the bigger, more expensive films and gain a following? The answer appears to be YES!

A total surprise and a delightful experience, from the beginning, Breaking Upwards, a film written, produced and acted in by a couple of New York University Tisch School graduates, is rapidly gaining ground and supporters.

The real life couple, Zoe Lister Jones and Daryl Wein, decided to tell the story of their own four-year relationship, their co-dependency and mutual boredom, their establishment of arbitrary rules for their relationship and their resulting breakup.

The film is an exploration of a single year in their lives where they explore alternatives to monogamy and what follows as a result.

It's interesting in that they work at staying together in a world where breaking up is commonplace and somewhat simpler.

Without much money but with great expectations, the two "stars"did multiple jobs on the film in addition to acting and drew heavily on friends and family to appear.

Some of the parts are played by well-known New York actors while others are played by family members like Wein's 96-year old grandfather.

Compared to Woody Allen's Annie Hall, the Breaking Upwards film was an Official Selection of the SXSW Film Festival and has won several film festival awards.

Breaking Upwards is currently available from IFC On Demand and opens in selected cities in April. For more information check the www.breakingupwards.com and local listings.