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A True Story -- Matt and Mike are two broke Hollywood writing partners and best friends waiting for their big break. When Mike's ex-girlfriend comes back into his life, Matt will do anything to save Mike from another broken heart. Including jeopardizing their friendship.
A True Story -- Matt and Mike are two broke Hollywood writing partners and best friends waiting for their big break. When Mike's ex-girlfriend comes back into his life, Matt will do anything to save Mike from another broken heart. Including jeopardizing their friendship
A True Story -- A True Story is a film within a film...within a film, as we see the real side of Hollywood as lived in by struggling actors. The story is not, however, inclusive to the LA scene. It's a story about resisting temptation and maintaining integrity. It's about keeping track of what's really important in life, the people that really love you and would do anything for you, however imperfect they might be.

Mike (Cameron Fife) and Matt (Tyler McGee), are best friends and roommates who have struggled as actors for two and a half years.

Along the way they have been able to write a screenplay, a vehicle for them both, which they are sure will lead them to success. They even have a perspective buyer, Jason (Malcolm Goodwin), a friend from the neighborhood who is the assistant to the big time Hollywood producer Richard Simpkins (Jon Gries).

It is soon apparent the script they have written is actually an allegory for their own lives. Meanwhile, Mike's ex- girlfriend Deanna (Katrina Bowden) has suddenly moved into town, and is trying to re-kindle her relationship with Mike.

Mike and Matt's struggles are now more than just where their next meal will come from, as they fight to not only keep themselves attached to their script, but also to remain friends through the turmoil brought on by both greedy Hollywood producers and slutty ex- girlfriends


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25 October 2013 (USA) See more »
A Bromantic Dramedy. See more »
Mike and Matt own nothing and share everything, including their life's work, a screenplay, which seems to be their only escape from the harsh reality that is the Hollywood machine. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awesome film that actually tries to move past simplicity See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Katrina Bowden ... Deanna

Jon Gries ... Richard Simpkins

Malcolm Goodwin ... Jason

Cameron Fife ... Mike

Tyler McGee ... Matt

Keith Loneker ... Skinny Pete

Kelen Coleman ... Karen

Chelsea Logan ... Rachel

Sugar Lyn Beard ... Amanda

Chuck Bradley ... Jason's Assistant
Andy Anderson ... Trevor
Bradford H. Benoit ... Brad

Tommy O'Rourke ... Tommy
Jimmy Guidish ... Jimmy
Nick Ceglio ... Bum

Michael Bernardi ... Dance Machine
Carla Cackowski ... Secretary (as Carla Snowden)
Mike McLendon ... Clerk

Kassidy Serbus ... Party Goer
Ashley Adler ... Production Assistant
Stella Bernardi ... Edward
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karen Aschenbach ... Mrs. Johnson

Sheri Godfrey ... Jogger

Directed by
Malcolm Goodwin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cameron Fife 
Tyler McGee 

Produced by
Anthony Bagatelos .... executive producer
Cameron Budd .... associate producer
Johnny Faustine .... executive producer
Cameron Fife .... producer
Rick Fischer .... associate producer
Malcolm Goodwin .... producer
John Hansen III .... executive producer (as John Hansen)
Victor Hawks .... associate producer
Brandy Jones .... producer
Tyler McGee .... producer
Mike Orlick .... executive producer
Samantha Petterson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Pakk Hui 
Cinematography by
Richard J. Vialet 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Fife 
Malcolm Goodwin 
Casting by
Francis Drew 
Production Design by
Krista Thomas-Scott 
Art Direction by
Dominic Guidote 
Costume Design by
Vanessa Goodwin  (as Vanessa Layug)
Makeup Department
Anna Lee .... hair stylist
Anna Lee .... makeup artist
Vanessa Leon .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Thérèse Cator .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ashley Muncaster Brown .... first assistant director (as Ashley Muncaster)
Art Department
Amber Dee Williams .... assistant property master
Amber Dee Williams .... set dresser
Sound Department
Malcolm Fife .... sound editor
Czharcus M. Jones .... boom operator
Michael Lengies .... sound mixer
Garrett Martocello .... sound mixer
Robert Romeo .... boom operator
Justin Zoccolillo .... assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Burgon .... camera operator
Kristoffer Carrillo .... gaffer
Will Culick .... second assistant camera
Justin Dickson .... electrician
Travis Hoffman .... best boy electric
Charley Hoover .... grip
Angela How .... dit red camera
Cameron Shaw .... first assistant camera
David Tayar .... key grip
Conner Vandeer .... steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vanessa Goodwin .... costumer (as Vanessa Layug)
Editorial Department
Connor Davis .... assistant editor
Mike Fischer .... assistant editor
Travis Hoffman .... color correction
Angela How .... assistant editor
Music Department
Callaway Alexander .... original music performed by
Adam Brooks .... original music performed by (as Adam T. Brooks)
Nathaniel T. Cartier .... score mixer
Andy Cool .... musician: guitar
Noah Engh .... original music performed by
Andy Fischer-Price .... original music performed by
P.J. Labinski .... musician: guitar
Dave Lawrence .... music editor
Keith Loneker .... original music performed by
Tyler McGee .... original music performed by
Morgan Taylor Reid .... original music performed by
Other crew
Laine Dubroc .... production assistant
Sarmad Khan .... production assistant
Melinda Labita .... script supervisor
Joe Manente .... production assistant
Rosanne Tan .... post-production
Chris Compton .... special thanks
Julissa de Jesus .... special thanks
Alex J. Flores .... thanks
John Frazier .... very special thanks
Jay Guzowski .... thanks
Kevin Guzowski .... thanks
Jack Impellizzeri .... very special thanks
Bart Kahn .... very special thanks
Adam Karsten .... very special thanks
Eric Kind .... very special thanks
Troy Presha .... special thanks
Mike Ross .... special thanks
Jamil Walker Smith .... very special thanks
Rey Valentin .... very special thanks

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Also Known As:
"A True Story. Based on Things That Never Actually Happened. ...And Some That Did." - USA (original title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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2012 Winner of Best Narrative Feature Toronto International Film & Video AwardsSee more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Awesome film that actually tries to move past simplicity, 26 September 2013
Author: cB391 from Canada

The film is definitely interesting for individuals looking to watch something that is new, a little different that has no preachy typical message. The Acting: The various roles are a diverse concoction, but are necessary to build the storyline. The characters are typical to many films, "hearthrob, hot chick, nerd" that fulfill the regular roles. There is no expectation for them to create non-stereotypical characters, but Jon Gries was an hilarious addition to the main two actors. Cameron Fife and Tyler McGee are an interesting duo that have juxtaposing character traits, but have developed a relationship based on this. The complexity of the cast with the exception of the lead female actor (Bowden). The continually surprised/confused looking lead actress was the only downside to the acting, with the rest of the characters developing a meaningful story that is sprinkled in with some witty humor and banter. 7/10

The Plot: There isn't a way to capture the plot in one sentence. Two actors/writers are struggling, have emotional "issues", have a decision whether to keep their integrity or sell-out. This left me a little underwhelmed as the ending did not adequately capture the consequences that the main characters face/would face based on their decision. There is also another plot that deals with Bowden,Fife and McGee that has various twists and turns and holds its own, raising moral issues with the actions but also asks you to think about what you would do in the situation. 9/10

The music/video: Overall the music is minimal, as the story doesn't require too much. That being said, the piano provides a mood setting piece, as well as helping to create and develop a mood as well as furthering the story: 7/10

Conclusion: The budget was really low, the effects were minimal but the writing and the majority of the acting make the film a definite watch for something interesting that might not get adequate coverage, but does what it sets out to do.

Overall: Between 7-8/10 because it is an interesting, fun film to see. Check it out if you have the time.

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