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A truly unique and visually stunning take on meta-fiction, Lovely By Surprise follows the journey of novelist Marian Walker as she attempts to finish her first novel. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Carrie Preston ... Marian

Michael Chernus ... Humkin

Austin Pendleton ... Jackson

Dallas Roberts ... Mopekey

Reg Rogers ... Bob

Kate Burton ... Helen

Richard Masur ... Dave
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Crothswait ... Milkman

Glenn Fitzgerald ... Customer #2

Boyd Gaines ... Customer #1
Ron Gephart ... Car Salesman
Angel Gunn ... Mimi's Teacher

Jonathon Lamer ... Car Salesman
Lena Lamer ... Mimi
Donald Meyers ... Customer in Car

Jason Perry ... Car Salesman
Wink Rush ... Car Salesman
Markus Seaberry ... Diner Patron
Arnita Williams ... Diner Patron
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Directed by
Kirt Gunn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kirt Gunn 

Produced by
Jake Abraham .... producer
Kirt Gunn .... producer
Michael Hilliard .... producer
Jon Kamen .... executive producer
Marco Londoner .... producer
Frank Scherma .... executive producer
Justin Wilkes .... executive producer
Original Music by
Shelby Bryant 
Cinematography by
Steve Yedlin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jim Helton 
Casting by
Will Cantler 
Bernard Telsey 
David Vaccari 
Production Design by
Timothy Whidbee 
Art Direction by
Jeanelle Marie 
Set Decoration by
Eric Brice Swartz  (as Eric Swartz)
Costume Design by
Eden Miller 
Makeup Department
Leilani Bacon .... second makeup
Janice Byrd .... key hair stylist
Elizabeth Harris .... key makeup artist
Cherie Holly .... additional hair stylist
LeDiedra Richard-Baldwin .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Zhana Londoner .... production supervisor (as Zhana Kushnir)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas Owen Langholff .... first assistant director
Peter J. Olsen .... second second assistant director
Robert Saba .... second assistant director
Art Department
Aaron Dale .... carpenter
Aaron Dale .... construction coordinator
Will E. Drummond .... carpenter
Frank Gray III .... property master
Victor Halters .... carpenter
Ronny Kent .... painter
Jake Meeks .... prop assistant
Eric Brice Swartz .... set dresser (as Eric Swartz)
Sound Department
Gioia Birkett-Foa .... boom operator
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Benjamin Cheah .... sound designer
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising sound editor
Gerald Donlan .... dialogue editor
Dan Flosdorf .... additional audio recordist
Anton Gold .... sound mixer
Jim Helton .... sound designer
Joshua L. Pearson .... additional sound effects
Matt Snedecor .... foley recordist
Gregg Swiatlowski .... assistant sound editor
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Peter Heady .... digital effects artist
Markus Janner .... digital opticals
Alex Shum .... digital opticals
Mitch Herron .... stuntman
Max Maxwell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Budd .... grip
Trey Clark .... still photographer
Christopher Crowther .... electrician
Robert Duke .... key grip
Christian Hawkins .... best boy
Gray Hemphill .... additional loader
Josh Malloy .... electrician
Ryan McCoy .... gaffer
Trevor Doyle Nelson .... film loader (as Trevor Nelson)
Nicholas Ross .... grip
Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury .... second assistant camera
Ernie Wann .... best boy grip
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Forrest Pruett .... extras casting
Sarah Tackett .... local casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meriwether Nichols .... wardrobe supervisor
Marissa Pincus .... wardrobe intern (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Cy Christiansen .... assistant editor
Nick Dibeneditto .... negative cutter
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Peter Heady .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Joshua L. Pearson .... additional editor
David Pultz .... color timer
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Transportation Department
Monte Emery .... driver
Wende Martin .... transportation captain
Steve Moffit .... transportation coordinator
Hall Prewitt .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Sharon Bicks .... production coordinator
Nalla Black .... intern
Alex Borys .... location manager
Andrew Cesana .... script supervisor
Jayson Dancy .... stand-in
James Denham .... production assistant
Noah Derks .... production assistant
Hugh Edwards .... world sales agent
Ben Feldman .... production legal services
Sarah Fleming .... key production assistant
E.J. Friedman .... production assistant
Shellie Gillespie .... accountant
Shelly Gillette .... location assistant
Cesar Mylo Hernandez .... technician: Arriscan
Erik Morrison .... production assistant
Cort Percer .... assistant production coordinator
Benjamin Rednour .... production assistant
John R. Whitehead .... assistant location manager
Learyn Wilde .... stand-in

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98 min
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Austin Pendleton was offered the role of Bob but asked to audition for Jackson after Frank Langella turned it down.See more »
[first lines]
Marian:Hey, I was writing this thing, and I believe in it. It can be good.
Jackson:Of course.
Marian:And I just couldn't get over the hugeness of writing a novel. I mean, the enormity of it. And I didn't feel this way until I got to this hard moment in the book. And now I can't seem to recover it. I keep shutting down when I try to write. It's scary.
Jackson:That's not a new problem for writers, of course, you know.
Marian:But it passes, and books are written, and life resumes again. Right?
Jackson:Only if you write.
Marian:Sounds so easy.
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Truly a beautiful film, 19 June 2007
Author: metokyoli from United States

We saw this film at the Seattle Film Festival, and attended the awards banquet Sunday where it won The Special Jury Prize in New American Cinema. After seeing 22 films at the festival, this was by far my favorite. (I also loved SEx and Death 101 and Walk The Talk). The story structure of Lovely By Surprise was wholly unique and the script was beautifully written. While the film could be categorized as surreal or non-linear, it was very engaging. I was invested in each of the three stories, and riveted when they came together. ( I refuse to give it away, but rest assured you will be moved.) Having read another review on this site that referred to the film as borrowing from Wes Anderson or Charlie Kaufman- I would strongly disagree. Whoever wrote this hasn't lived long enough to see the real influences in this film. It captures the absurdism of Fellini, Godard's purposeful use of color and space, and the poetic language of Sam Shepard- while living in a space wholly its own. I admire both Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman, this owes nothing to either of them. The film lives in its own world. On Sunday, Nancy Bishop (juror and publisher of Venice magazine) announced the jury prize for the film. She mentioned the strength of the performances, and the originality of the film as the reasons for its selection. She specifically mentioned the performance of Reg Rogers. I couldn't agree more. You have to see what he does in this film- as it cannot be described adequately. He absolutely broke my heart. I laughed at him, wondered about him, yearned for him to be back on screen and cried when he went away. Writer Director Kurt Gunn got amazing performances from all of these actors. They were truly committed to him and his script, and it showed. I would specifically point to Austin Pendleton, Michael Chernus, and Lena Lamer all whom gave stellar performances. The cinematography was wonderful. The film was shot on a shoe string but the creative use of the camera was strong and clear. I liked the editing, sound design and must reserve some words for the music which was also really fantastic. I am a film fanatic, and this film goes up there with some of my favorites. If you get a chance to see this movie- see it.

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