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A provocative and honest journey deep into the world of a woman determined to buck the sterility of modern life. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jennifer Van Dyck ... Lisa

Stephen Bogardus ... Abel

John Cunningham ... Paul, the Director

Ellen Greene ... Carol
Jennie Moreau ... Suzanne
Nancy Giles ... Volker
Ferdie Pacheco ... Actor
Matthew Sussman ... Stage Manager

Stephen Gevedon ... Alex, the Playwright
Jason Culp ... Porn Store Customer

Mark Devine ... Pick-Up Guy

Olga Merediz ... Purse-Snatched Woman

Donald John Hewitt ... Purse Snatcher
December ... Subway Thug
Jeremy Graham ... Subway Thug

Directed by
Zachary Winestine  (as Zack Winestine)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zachary Winestine  (as Zack Winestine)

Produced by
Priscilla Guastavino .... producer
Matt Janes .... producer
JoAnne Pawlowski .... producer
Zachary Winestine .... producer (as Zack Winestine)
Original Music by
Richard Termini 
Cinematography by
Susan Starr 
Film Editing by
Jim Villone 
Casting by
Matthew Messinger 
Production Design by
Mario Ventenilla 
Costume Design by
Daniel James Cole 
Production Management
Mary Feuer .... unit manager
Art Department
Deborah Greene .... leadman
Sound Department
Paul Belodeau .... boom operator
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising sound editor
Dustin DuPilka .... apprentice sound editor
Melanie Johnson .... sound
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Delgado .... gaffer
Jeffrey A. Eplett .... gaffer
Jeremy Graham .... best boy electric
Learan Kahanov .... electrician
Andrew Sweeney .... key grip (as Andy Sweeney)
Ian Woolston-Smith .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Adam Spiegelman .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Michael Yetter .... negative cutter

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84 min
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Or is that "Out of Control"?, 12 September 1999
Author: Jeanie

The promotional material claims this film to be "provocative" and "honest." It also says that our heroine is "determined to buck the materialism and spiritual sterility of modern society." As I sit to write these comments a day after seeing the film, I try to re-view this film through the window of each claim. I agree it is provocative, but I experienced the provocation as contrived because the writer/director (Zach Winestine) appears to be attempting to shock the audience rather than letting Lisa's exploration unfold in a natural way. Some of her actions (which I will not disclose) I found unreconciled, uncharacteristic, and baffling. I do not cheer her on, nor did I sense anyone in the sparse audience was in her corner. Instead. I want to invite her to tea (at least I care that much about her) so that we might chat about the variety of options life has to offer... perhaps you could try....? At the beginning, I experienced some of the "honesty" the promotional material claims for itself. I found Lisa's initial expression of self-doubts to be wonderfully human. I also found Jennifer Van Dyck's portrayal of Lisa to be honest and mostly endearing. But I spent 84 minutes of my time trying to find the deeper meaning it purported to evoke. If this is truly a film about "bucking materialism and spiritual sterility of modern society" (I admit, I did not feel that at any time through the film), I would conclude that she is using the same tactics that create materialism and spiritual sterility wherever it is found in modern society. The threads of the story do not hold together for me. Rather, I see the film as a series of events that try to fool us into believing that this depicts the lives of real people. Surely, people do act in unpredictable, unexplainable ways -- a film is an incredible opportunity to display such actions visually to people who sit in the dark, focused solely on the screen. As I sat in the dark, I kept wanting more depth. I wanted to know more about Lisa's true thoughts and feelings, which were not (for me, anyway) depicted by her chosen actions.

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