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...Around (2008)

 |  Drama  |  25 December 2010 (USA)
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A dark, dramatic comedy about making it in New York. From Jersey City to Penn Station, ...Around is about getting up to fall back down again.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Doyle Simms (as Rob Evans)
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Allyson Lodeir
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Logic
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Theresa Simms
Ron Brice ...
Saul
Veronica Heffron ...
Mona
David Joseph Boyd ...
Bryan
Erin Sullivan ...
Marcy
Ali Tobia ...
Lizzie Simms
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Louise
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Jun Fei
Shawn Mahoney ...
Tony Simms
Steven Grgas ...
Young Doyle
Kristopher Torres ...
Young Logic
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Trey
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. Doyle Simms grows up across the Hudson from NYC and flees his toxic family to attend a film program there. After a bumpy first year he returns more determined than ever to become a storyteller and figure out his place. Financial setbacks force Doyle to find creative "rent-controlled living" and begin a dual life living out of Penn Station while going to school. We follow Doyle over his college years as he begins to build relationships with several colorful characters such as Saul, a homeless book dealer who shows him the ropes and his own brand of street philosophy, and Allyson, a beautiful, struggling actress he carefully begins to pursue and fall for. Doyle begins to find a weird balance and begin to build a home, but the pressure of maintaining his worlds begins to crack the façade and he's forced to confront his past family demons and reconcile the person he wants to be with the person he is. Written by David Spaltro

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The film is based on writer-director David Spaltro's experiences attending the film program School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC from 2001-2005. It was funded completely on the director's many credit cards. See more »

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Running Through My Mind
Written by The Black Hollies
Performed by The Black Hollies
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A great, surprising independent film!
10 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to catch this little independent gem at the Big Apple Film Festival in NYC in November and I can really say it was one of the better independently made films I had to pleasure to see both at that festival and all year. The story is about a young man who, coming to New York to attend school, finds himself in financial duress eerily poignant during our own financial times, and is forced to make a decision on where he's going to live while attending school that sets the story in motion. The heart of the film though is the relationships of all the characters, how they affect each other and the journey they go on; specifically our hero Doyle Simms (played with gravitas by Rob Evans) who's forced with contemplating just who he really is and wants to be, under extreme circumstances. Evans' leading performance is counterbalanced beautifully by the enchanting and sweet Molly Ryman, playing a pseudo-love interest and fellow struggling city dweller Allyson. Ryman's girl-next door looks and caring demeanor help anchor some of the hidden pain and stress her character is under, as well as a desperate desire to reach Doyle. Also a standout is Marcel Torres, playing a childhood friend of hero, who's half a welcome comic relief/shot of energy in the film, but also a stoic voice of reason and understanding for the main character and his roots. He handles what could have been a throwaway role with real chops and charisma, elevating and almost stealing every scene he's in, including a quite volatile and informing argument late in the film. The smart, often quite funny and painful film is terrifically written and under control by the up and coming David Spaltro, who apparently based the film on his own personal experiences going to school in New York a few years back and self-financed. Watching Spaltro, clad in black coat and taped up converse sneakers, during a post-screening Q&A at the festival handle the microphone with both a humble and witty humor and vibrant, powerfully charming passion, it was easy to see where the seeds of the character of Doyle came from. I'm eager to see what he's got to follow this up with. I almost did a double-take when I found out this was only his first feature. An extremely talented guy. I'll be on the lookout for this film upon it's release, which according to several sites will be some time this Spring/Summer. It's definitely one I'd recommend everyone to check out. You'll take far more away from it than you'd expect, probably more so even on a second screening.


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