Let's be clear. Paul Brighton's new film "Brilliant Mistakes" has no major film stars in it. And, this film will not be a box office draw based on celebrity power or the likes of Ryan Gosling. No, this will be a film with its success firmly anchored on the merits of a compelling story and a directorial debut worthy of all kinds of press. How nice for me to have first crack at it!
Newcomer, and very handsome Daniel Dambroff portrays Marcus, a young teacher in a state of shock, conflict and confusion, as his girlfriend lay motionless in a vegetative state after a car accident. His conflict stems from the tenets of loyalty, ingrained in him by his father, and the reality of his future which are on a collision path. An older women tries to seduce him, a new friend has him questioning the boundaries of his relationships, and revelations have him question all the people in his life.
I was lucky to get an advanced copy of the film, and I'm not allowed to say much about the plot until a proper public screening for the press, but I do have to say, "Brilliant Mistakes" is like no other film I've seen. The story is unique, and the 2 hour journey captivated me to where I lost track of time. Doesn't happen much these days.
Aria McKenna, who plays Sandra, achieves cinematic perfection as both a beautiful on-screen presence, and a conflicted woman plagued by her past and future indiscretions. Christopher Clawson (Remember Me, Gods & Generals), as Elliot Thurston is witty and charming, and an absolute magnet for the eyes, but more as a compelling character with richness and flaws galore.
Show-stealer Cheryl McMahon adds humor, quirkiness, and an award worthy performance as Janet Hayes, "grief counselor from hell."
I want this woman to be my friend or my aunt. Please call me, Cheryl!
Performances by other newcomers, Elise McNamara, Trisha Carr, and seasoned actors Duncan Putney, Chris Holliday and Robert McKay (The Wire) are a testament to Brighton's understanding of movie making and his deep passion to seek out new talent.
Brighton will World Premiere his film at The Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 11th, 21012. Red carpet will be at 6pm with the film showing at 6:30, at the beautiful Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence Rhode Island.
Brighton told me he's excited to premiere in Rhode Island because it's his favorite Summer vacation spot. "We're excited to be a part of the World Premiere and an Official Selection of the festival, hopefully i can put in some time on the beach," he added. I don't blame him, making movies is a lot of work and worthy of some well-deserved R&R.
He and his partner Timothy Forry, also a producer of Brilliant Mistakes have been working non-stop since January of 2011 to plan all aspects of the film from casting to shooting, editing, color and sound. Paul's experience in the music business helped him land some great artists for his movie, like White Rabbits, Other Loves, Conduits, Leah Siegel, and even a former Beatle's music. Trust me you'll be surprised!
AP-RED will be on site to film the festivities! Stay tuned for more news.
Tickets can be purchased at www.Film-Festival.org
Check out the movie's site at BrilliantMistakesMovie.com