Zarianne gets an unexpected visit from her horror film starlet mother who abandoned her years ago. Her mother claims she is dying but is she a drifter, grifter or ghost who has come to destroy her daughters family?







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Gigi (Oscar nominated Sally Kirkland) abandoned her young daughter, Zarianne (Kathleen Wilhoite; Gilmore Girls, ER, Greys Anatomy), to pursue her dreams of movie stardom but instead becomes a starlet in horror films. Years later, Zarianne is a single mom and artist who creates portraits entirely out of butterfly wings. Her bickering kids are 12 year old Ryder and 14 year old Tate. Gigi returns to Zarianne claiming she is dying and seeking redemption for leaving her motherless. But is Gigi a drifter, grifter or ghost who will destroy their family? Only Tate, Ryder and a mysterious swarm of Sunset Moths hold the secret. Written by anon

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A richly textured story
15 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Curse of the Sunset Starlet begins with a loving tribute to Los Angeles: palm trees, theatre marquees and the luxurious script of signage that marks L.A.'s midcentury modern architecture. Richly textured and laced with irony, the movie is a tribute to the drama served up by the extraordinary and banal juxtapositions of everyday life and the fictional life of movies. The film likens the magical (and sometimes horrifying) world of movie-making captured on celluloid to the fastidious efforts of an artist trying to literally capture an ephemeral essence of beauty by pinning the evasive material of butterfly (or moth) wings to paper. Each requires a certain determination, perseverance and faith on the part of its creator. This short captures the richness of symbolism, metaphor and imagination that spur the creative spirit to transcend the every day and reach for something beyond.

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