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Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Patricia Ree Gilbert ... Herself - Actress Testing for Alice
Don Fellows ... Himself - Actor Testing for Freddy
Jonathan Gordon ... Himself - Soundman
Robert L. Rosen ... Himself - Production Manager (as Bob Rosen)
William Greaves ... Himself - Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Anspach ... Herself - Actress Testing for Alice (uncredited)
Audrey Heningham ... Black Lady clapping her Hands (uncredited)
Stevan Larner ... Himself - Cameraman (uncredited)
Terrence McCartney Filgate ... Himself - Cameraman (uncredited)
Maria Zeheri ... Herself - Camera Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
William Greaves 
Writing credits
William Greaves (writer)

Produced by
William Greaves .... producer
Manuel Melamed .... co-producer
Manny Meland .... associate producer
Original Music by
Miles Davis 
Cinematography by
Stevan Larner 
Terrence McCartney Filgate  (as Terry Filgate)
Film Editing by
William Greaves 
Production Management
William Henderson .... unit manager
Jeff Norwalk .... unit manager
Phil Parker .... unit manager
Robert L. Rosen .... production manager
Robert Rowen .... post-production manager
Sound Department
Jonathan Gordon .... sound
Nicky Kaplan .... sound
John Polland .... sound
John Pollard .... sound
John W. Reavis Jr. .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Carrieti .... assistant camera
Clive Davidson .... assistant camera
Tibor Hirsch .... second camera operator
David Hoffman .... second camera operator (as Dave Hoffman)
Roland Mitchell .... still photographer
Syeus Mottel .... still photographer
Jerry Pantzer .... second camera operator
Maria Zeheri .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
David Greaves .... assistant editor
Music Department
Johnny Pearson .... composer: additional music (as John Pearson)
Joseph Zawinul .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Scott Brody .... production assistant
Kathleen Collins .... production assistant
Barbara Linden .... production assistant
Roland Mitchell .... technical production manager

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Gross waste of film stock., 31 March 2014
Author: st-shot from United States

From its overtly innocuous title to its jabbering cast and crew this "artistic happening" bleeds sophomoric pretense by the gallons in a film filming a film with another cameraman filming both. It is a disturbing waste of film stock to witness as cast and crew go around in circles breathing life into a moribund idea where little if anything outside of annoyance and frustration are achieved. While the concept is intriguing the realization is a sloppy mess of lack of communication as director William Greaves looks ill prepared from the get go as he turns his film students loose in Central Park. It's all avant lard as Greaves directs a pair of actors in a torpid fiction scene followed by discussion while a cop and homeless man try to give the doc guerrilla theatre credentials with lack luster intrusion. Meanwhile the camera runs eating up footage on the mundane as Greaves hazily pontificates and his crew attempts to make sense of what is going on, venturing ideas on the purpose and point of the exercise in a staff meeting with Greaves excluded. Some see it as genius, some see it as a waste of time. I am solidly with the latter.

In the era of video and re-usable tape this monstrosity might be longer and even worse but at least it would not be committing the sin of wasting all that film stock on superfluous chatter and the hope something might be worth lensing on a mound or foot bridge in Central Park. Instead we have a clueless director and his acolytes bumping into each other with little to say or add to a film ( or films) in disarray which seems to be its purpose when it is more than evident this screen testing is for a film that will never get made but needed to get this faux cinema verite off the ground. A documentary whose lynch pin is based on a fiction is a bad place to start and it it makes Symbiowhatever little more than a pretentious self mockery.

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