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The Art of Pain -- A starving artist working at a movie theater finds inspiration when an amateur ninja sets out to destroy his life. WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD-Sunscreen Film Festival, WINNER BEST FEATURE COMEDY-Route 66 Film Festival and many more!
The Art of Pain -- Nick (Greg Brookens) describes his idea for a Skunk Ape themed comic book to Jack (Anders Erickson).  Illustration by Jacob Elijah Hallinen. Animated by


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Marshall Bean ... Peppito
Lauren Ashley Bishop ... Sharon (as Lauren Bishop)
Greg Brookens ... Nick
Danielle Brothers ... Martha Russell
Dale Chapman ... Nick's father
Wesley Chu ... Lead ninja

Keith Compton ... Fratty McFrat
Anders Erickson ... Jack
Elliott Fredland ... Rex
Kiel Frieden ... Shoved theater patron
Jake Hames ... Charlie
Patrick Higgs ... Brother Francis
Arvin Jalandoon ... Nobu

Lloyd Kaufman ... George Romano

Leena Kurishingal ... Stacey
John LaFlamboy ... Marcus

Mike McNamara ... Swank McShiny

Joyce Porter ... Mary
J. Scott ... Marcus
Vicky Strei ... School Marm
Meiko Taylor ... Cindy McSweeny

Mindy Turano ... Betty the Bartender (as Mindy Youroukos)

John Turk ... McKracken
Chad Wheeler ... Shopkeep

Directed by
Matt Brookens 
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Produced by
Matthew M. Jones .... producer
Original Music by
Steve Kiefer 
Cinematography by
Daniel Kenji Levin 
Makeup Department
Amber Blasco .... makeup department head
Brad Sauper .... special makeup effects artist
Sound Department
Mitchell Logan .... sound recordist
Brian Magrum .... sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jordan Balderas .... grip
Westley Gathright .... electrician
Nathan Gregory .... grip
Logan Groover .... grip
Tim Ryan .... gaffer
Alyssa Soetebier .... electrician
Animation Department
Jose Fonseca .... animator
Jacob Elijah Hallinen .... layout artist

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USA:88 min
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The movie theater where The Art of Pain was shot at is the historic Landmark at the Century Mall. The director, Matt Brookens, wrote the screenplay while working there as an usher. "I always wanted to see what would happen if somebody were to fall off that ledge in the middle of the mall," states Brookens. "I finally got to throw someone off in the film!"See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
No pain - a pleasant surprise!, 15 January 2009
Author: Derek Miner (minerwerks) from Clearwater, FL

As a fan of independent film, I have screened the work of plenty of hopeful young artists, looking for some attention and a chance to make a living at something they love. Just by sheer odds, there are going to be a good number of stinkers in the bunch, but also some genuine surprises. "The Art of Pain" happened to be one of the latter.

Jack is an aspiring illustrator and painter who bides his time in a minimum wage movie theater job with his friend Nick and girlfriend Sharon. The arrival of a new employee, Marcus, creates chaos for everyone, particularly Jack, who Marcus adopts in a twisted attempt at creating his own legacy.

"The Art of Pain" takes its inspiration straight from the world of B-movies. A lot of movies like to ape martial arts and zombie film conventions, but most of them forget to build some character and story in to keep your interest beyond cheap thrills. The story of the slacker artist is also overdone by young filmmakers, but this version brings a new thematic twist with Marcus, an antagonist who is actually seeking to leave his creative mark on the world just like the hero, Jack. The result is a movie that delivers some fun through in its winking nods to genre, but not at the expense of the characters and a building plot.

Not to say "The Art of Pain" is a perfect film. It might benefit from slight trimming and some newbie mistakes stick out for those who watch movies relentlessly. The performances are above average for this kind of low budget film, but some are broad and others are more subtle.

The film is incredibly ambitious in terms of visual design. The opening sequence is a tribute to kung-fu films made to look vintage (a la "Grindhouse"). Marcus seems to ride in out of a 50s biker film, complete with a rear-projection backdrop. There is at least one elaborate visual effects-driven montage, and also a fun little sequence featuring creature illustrations that move among people. Some might be distracted by the variety, and the work isn't always perfect, but it's encouraging to see a first feature that understands the language of film visuals.

But in the world of independent film-making, I believe it all comes back to character and story, and the makers of "The Art of Pain" already have a good understanding of how these things affect audiences. I am eagerly anticipating the follow-up to this one.

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