By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 24, 2013 at 11:01AM
For any filmmaker, particularly if you're working on an independent movie, accolades from critics and audiences are cherished and valued, providing validation for the long hours put in to realize your vision. But it must feel extra special when a director the caliber Paul Thomas Anderson takes the time to single out your effort for praise. "I absolutely love it. You've never seen anything like it. It's a smile from beginning to end," Anderson said about Laura Colella's "Breakfast With Curtis" after discovering it last year at the L.A. Film Festival. And now, we get a chance to see what captured his attention.
Today, we're exclusively unveiling the poster and trailer for "Breakfast With Curtis," a movie which not only boasts the approval of Anderson, but won the FIND Your Audience Award from the 2013 Indie Spirits. Starring Theo Green, Jonah Parker, David Parker, Aaron Jungels, Virginia Laffey, Yvonne Parker, Adele Parker, Gideon Parker and Colella herself (she also wrote and edited the picture, too), the film tells the story of eccentric bookseller Syd, who forges a special bond with Curtis, the 14 year-old next door, when he enlists his help on a video project. The job opens Curtis up to a lively, bohemian world he never knew existed.
Boasting warmth and its own loose energy, it'll be worth keeping an eye out to see when "Breakfast With Curtis" plays near you. Bond 360 and Abramorama will open the film at the IFC Center in New York on December 4th, with other cities to follow. Trailer, poster and the official press release below.
BOND STRATEGY AND INFLUENCE AND ABRAMORAMA TO RELEASE BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS
NEW YORK, NY (October 7, 2013) – BOND Strategy and Influence and Abramorama have announced that they will release Breakfast with Curtis on December 4, 2013. The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards Jameson FIND Your Audience award-winner tells the story of an offbeat community of bohemians who welcome an introverted, bespectacled young neighbor named Curtis into their enchanting world.
Breakfast With Curtis is written, directed and edited by Laura Colella, named one of “Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces in Independent Film,” and produced by Michael A. Jackman (Gangs of New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The film will open at the IFC Center in New York on December 4th, and will open in other cities throughout the month.
The film had its World Premiere at last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival and caught the attention of Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, The Master), who presented the film and moderated a Q&A with Laura Colella in February. "I absolutely love it," says Anderson. “You've never seen anything like it. It's a smile from beginning to end."
“With a magnificent script and a talented cast of players, Breakfast with Curtis masterfully captures the warmth of community and the catharsis of forgiveness,” says Marc Schiller, CEO of BOND Strategy and Influence. “We are very excited to work with Laura to release this enchanting film, and introduce her one-of-a-kind characters to audiences.”
“It's been extremely gratifying to see Breakfast with Curtis, a film I made with my friends and neighbors, resonate so profoundly with audiences,” says director Laura Colella. “Viewers seem to especially appreciate that the story focuses on the fun people can have together, rather than dramatic interpersonal conflicts. I'm excited to be working with Abramorama and BOND to bring the film's unique and inviting world to new audiences.”