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Starving Artists (1997)

| Comedy
A handful of hapless, hungry artists brave absurdity, starvation, and a barrel of monkeys in this Boston-based romantic comedy.


Allan Piper


Allan Piper
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Credited cast:
Lillian Christie Allan Lillian Christie Allan ... William's Widow
Scott M. Anderson Scott M. Anderson ... Gordon
Deborah Berman Deborah Berman ... KoKo
Richard Berman Richard Berman ... Voice Over
Colin Buckley Colin Buckley ... Party Host
Sandi Carroll ... Doris
Jonno Deily-Swearingen Jonno Deily-Swearingen ... Officer Twedal
J.C. DeVore J.C. DeVore ... Nick
John DeVore John DeVore ... Bob
David Fagundes David Fagundes ... Voice Over
Jenna Forrider Jenna Forrider ... Rachel the Telegram Girl
Cyndi Freeman Cyndi Freeman ... Roy
Geoff Gladstone Geoff Gladstone ... Xavier
Claire Harding Claire Harding ... Jill
Miranda Hodgson Miranda Hodgson ... Voice Over


Zach starves to produce an apocalyptic musical comedy. Doris and Jay starve to make a neo-noir thriller. Joy starves to write a comic book that the copy-shop won't copy because it's copyrighted to her. The street prophet starves because he has no food; but nobody listens to him because he's predicting the end of the world. Written by Allan Piper <allanpiper@aol.com>

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forty artists... a barrel of monkeys... no angst...




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While most big budget movies use product placement, Starving Artists practiced person placement, putting the name of everyone who donated even a dollar somewhere in the movie. Names appear in graffiti, newspaper headlines, and other surprising spots. "People get really happy when the find their names," says director Allan Piper, "except for one woman whose name turned up on a porno mag." See more »


Bert: Hey, did you know the fake blood is mint-flavored?
Jay: Bert, what did I tell you about eating the props? Now go wash your mouth out with soap. You look like a fucking vampire.
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Comedy is funny to watch... not easy to make.
9 January 2004 | by SnozzwangerSee all my reviews

Witness, please, the recent witless re-make of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". Sure, money helps- it usually does- but at the end of the day, comedy is hard work.

In "Starving Artists" it's hard work that pays off. Low budget? Weak technical support? No-name cast? So what- it's a damned good film, funny as hell, and well produced given the obvious limitations.

Kudos, applause, and congratulations. If you get the chance, see it. Someday, somhow, you'll wish you had!

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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