Today, available for iTunes Pre-Sale is the 12x winning festival darling CREEDMORIA, starring Stef Dawson (THE HUNGER GAMES, THE LENNON REPORT), who was ranked #1 by PEOPLE Mag for Australia’s Best Up-and-Coming Actresses and one of PEOPLE Magazine’s “Ones to Watch.” Veteran and upcoming TV, film and stage stars give charmed performances in this endearing 80’s Queens, coming-of-age girl power throwback, that could be the tri-lovechild of Wes Anderson, John Hughes and John Waters, with kickass vintage cars and soundtrack…releasing May 15th!
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“Engaging fun. The film boasts an exuberant comic vitality…stylized, darkly comedic. Cinematic families don’t get much more dysfunctional.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Breakfast Club meets Little Miss Sunshine…a brilliantly-crafted comedy that asks the question: Who wants to be normal anyway?” – Cinequest Film Festival
Directed, Written and Produced by Alicia Slimmer
Executive Produced by Clifton Leaf
Cinematography by Boa Simon
Editor by Ben Insler
Trailer Editor by Kevin von Puttkammer
Distributed by Francisco Productions LLC
Starring: Stef Dawson, Rachel DeBenedet, Ray Abruzzo, Ryan Weldon, James Kelley, Steve Cavanaugh, Giuliana Carullo
Candy injects the “fun” in her dysfunctional life. When your brother is found by a neighbor naked and drunk, you’re stuck with a caveman of a boyfriend, you have a dickhead boss, and the madness of everyday life competes with your mother’s need to appear “normal,” you have to peek between the cracks to find the warm rays of hope. But, maybe normalcy is just a construct for other people. And, maybe breaking out of the institution is more important than fitting in. After years of trying to save those she loves, it’s time for Candy to save herself.
I’m seventeen. My brother is in the hospital, fighting for his life…a life, addiction never valued much. My baby brother is becoming invisible, struggling with his sexual identity while being bullied in parochial school. Mom’s sick again, throwing up every night since my father died. Trapped in a family of seven from Queens, I was lost in the shuffle, got the smallest piece of cake, the last burnt hamburger. I had a tough boyfriend who tattooed my name on his arm the day I was going to be break up with him. I watched him get in fights for me. He was tough but this wasn’t love. I was finishing high school and working three jobs. I knew I had to get out or it would eat every inch of me whole. The only way I could really help anybody I cared about was if I helped myself and that meant tough love…and a good deal of humor.
I came up with the idea for CREEDMORIA while I was pregnant with my daughter reflecting on my relationship with my mother and family…and how far I’ve come. I watched them all live tough lives in deep pain…and just like any good Irish Catholic can tell you, the best way to lighten a tough moment is with lots of humor. Or alcohol. CREEDMORIA drew from those experiences I had, of being surrounded by people I loved and adored and wanted so desperately to help, to save, but couldn’t.
Messy, complicated and tough…my heroine, Candy, says to her baby brother, “I don’t want to stay all locked up and in…. I want to do something, away from here, away from being a nobody and dating a caveman—we have to do it for Danny and for all the people who are “locked up.” You can’t help those who can’t help themselves and that is the toughest lesson to learn. From sweet and naïve, through the school of hard knocks, Candy learns tough love.
CREEDMORIA is my feature film directorial debut, based on my life growing up in Queens, New York, during the 1980s, right outside the gates of the Creedmoor psychiatric center. It was a time ripe with teenage tension, hot rods blasting Heavy Metal, New Wave pushing out Classic Rock and parents who didn’t know where their kids were or were too drunk to care. I wanted to make an indie film with a lot of heart, where the audience cheers when the underdog finally stands up for herself. I love movies where the heroes get knocked down, time and time again, only to keep getting up, stronger and more determined. I love Candy Cahill because she seeks out the light in times of darkness and refuses to bend, pander or give up her eternal optimism. I hope she inspires younger generations to stay true to themselves, to know they’re not alone and to ignite their belief in happy endings…where the guy runs away with the girl, even if guy is her gay younger brother.
“A timeless lark: a rollicking, touching family yarn…Slimmer’s undying faith in these characters’ lovability gets under your skin, and the movie stays warm and endearing throughout. Like John Waters — she has a sly way of mixing pathos with outlandishness. The simplistic underlying message is right out of an Eighties John Hughes flick.” – The Village Voice
“Hah, just thinking about this movie again makes me smile. Stinkin’ Best Movie Ever!” – Jason Watches Movies