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Drawing with Chalk (2009)

Jay and Matt were once wide-eyed, would-be rock stars, eager to leave their hometown and head for the big city and never look back. After 15 years of struggling to get a record deal in NYC,... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Ariel Bailey ...
Club Patron
Kapil Bawa ...
Dr. Jeyadoss
Susham Bedi ...
Mrs. Jeyadoss
Tim Berardi ...
Nicholas Cocchetto ...
Guy With Drink
Chelsea DiNino ...
Bartender (as Danni Lang)
Brennan Giglio ...
Todd Giglio ...
Pete Hornbeck ...
Tough Guy At Club
Girl With Drink
Tom Loughlin ...


Jay and Matt were once wide-eyed, would-be rock stars, eager to leave their hometown and head for the big city and never look back. After 15 years of struggling to get a record deal in NYC, they find themselves back in their small working class hometown, dreaming of what might have been. Now, at 40 years old, they're out to give it one more shot. While Matt struggles with personal demons and a fear of being too old, Jay is ultimately faced with having to make a choice between his artistic dreams and his responsibility to his wife and 5 year old son. Written by Anonymous

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The gold standard for feature-length festival submissions
19 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a screener for the Hoboken International Film Festival and just got finished with this submission. When I say this film is the gold standard I'm not necessarily talking about festivals like Cannes or Sundance; HIFF is a secondary festival, but that shouldn't take away from the quality of this film. It's wonderfully acted and beautifully shot, but what stands out is the music/score. The filmmaker's band, Six Mile Hill, provides the perfect complement for a true indie. The viewer gets an immediate sense of the film's passion when listening to the songs selected for the soundtrack. The story of struggling musicians trying to realize their dream is an apt analogy for the struggle the filmmakers experienced in trying to make it in the entertainment industry.

In that same vein, another of my favorite aspects is the decision to opt for realism when going the Hollywood route must have been so tempting. Without providing any spoilers, the end is both surprising and refreshing at the same time. It's what contributes to the lasting impression one gets after finishing it. Very well done on that front.

In short, I highly recommend Drawing With Chalk, as I did to the festival I screen for. The last thing I'd like to add is that I know it's easy for people to read a glowing review like this, especially on IMDb, and dismiss it as idiocy, trolling, insider shenanigans or what have you, but prior to 90 minutes ago I had never heard of this film, its makers, or Six Mile Hill. Feel free to look up my history of comments and posts on this site and it should become obvious that the fact I was moved to write this review really says something. To the filmmakers: congratulations. Thank you for breaking the mold and helping to prove that the truly independent film is alive and well.

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