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Audacious Indie Childless Lets a Great Cast Be Shallow in the Face of Death

12 May 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Grief unleashes self-centered bluster instead of contemplative sorrow in the talky drama Childless. Four relatives preparing to attend a funeral focus less on the sudden death of sixteen-year-old Katherine (Natalie Dreyfuss) and more on relationship anxieties. Mary (Diane Venora) envisions an awkward reunion with ex-boyfriend Richard (Joe Mantegna), Katherine's stunned father, while his sister Natalie (Barbara Hershey) contemplates her future with distant husband Harvey (James Naughton). Writer-director Charlie Levi airs their musings as a series of monologues, and even Katherine gets in on the act. With a surprising lightness, Dreyfuss plays her as a blithe spirit free from earthly worries, unlike the exasperating adults fixated on their own concerns. Na »

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Watch: Exclusive Trailer for 'Childless' Will Speak Directly To You

7 April 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Monterey Media Acquires Award-Winning Drama 'Childless'When a young girl passes away, four adults look at their own lives. Indiewire has the exclusive trailer for director Charlie Levi's unique drama "Childless." You can watch it above. "Childless" follows the lives of a group of adults who, after the death of a teenage girl, express their thoughts on camera. The result is a collection of reflections on not only the girl's life but their own as the film dives deeper and deeper into their deepest thoughts and desires leading up to the girl's funeral. Intimate and strangely comical, the film allows the audience to interpret just what these misguided adults want and need in their own lives.  "Childless" opens in New York City on May 15.  Read More: Monterey Media Acquires True Crime Drama 'The Pardon' »

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Monterey Media Acquires Award-Winning Drama 'Childless'

30 March 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Monterey Media Acquires True Crime Drama 'The Pardon' Monterey media has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to writer-director Charlie Levi's award-winning drama "Childless," starring Joe Mantegna, Barbara Hershey, Diane Venora and James Naughton. The film won the Visionary Award at the Boston Film Festival during an initial test screening. The uniquely styled drama centers on four adults in the aftermath of the sudden passing of a teenage girl. As each gets ready for the funeral, they speak their private thoughts directly to the camera in an attempt to understand and justify the current states of their own lives. It's ultimately left up to the viewer to make sense of these off-kilter, self-serving, yet frequently humorous personal accounts. "We are so very thrilled to be on board with these wonderful actors and this distinctive film with its interesting history," commented Scott Mansfield, Managing Partner of monterey. »

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