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Ibid (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2008 (USA)
Like Laurel and Hardy, Jake and Elwood, or Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo before them, Lionel and Tin are on an ill-fated but well-scripted journey into the depths of the American psyche.

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Russell Friedenberg, Jason Rainwater (additional writing) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Christian Campbell ... Lionel
Russell Friedenberg ... Tin
Christopher Kriesa ... Chris Cross
Calum Grant Calum Grant ... Dirk
Heather Rae ... Billy Jo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judith Balis Judith Balis ... Mental Patient
Phil Burke ... Joey Moroni
Michael D. Gough Michael D. Gough ... Squirrel #2
MaLinda Gunderson MaLinda Gunderson ... Stella / Fake Doctor Oone
Andrew Kowalewski Andrew Kowalewski ... Young Tin
Cody Lightning ... Apple-breasted Tranny
Luke Massengill Luke Massengill ... Patient #3
Kyle Morris Kyle Morris ... Mental Patient
Rena-Marie Villano Rena-Marie Villano ... Oona (as Rena Marie Villano)
Hollis Welsh ... Rachel
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Lionel and Tin are on an ill-fated but well scripted journey into the depths of the American psyche. Recently escaped from Trinity Psychiatric Center, an 'alternative' institution for the wayward, the pair hits the road on a mission from God. Appearing in the form of an aged cowboy named Don, the Almighty enlists Lionel and Tin to inscribe the Final Commandments in order to save the world from its ultimate destruction; rumored to be soon. Plagued by their own madness they begin to uncover their own dark past which might ultimately lead to their undoing, or at the very least, a serious re-write. Written by Anonymous

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If you knew the world was coming to an end, what would you do? Change the ending.

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Comedy

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Not Rated

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Funny, thought-provoking, and totally original
15 March 2008 | by larry-411See all my reviews

The World Premiere of "IBID" at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival took me back to the early days of my discovering what independent films are all about.

"IBID" features a frighteningly brilliant ensemble cast, led by the delightfully insane performance of Christian Campbell (Lionel) as a psychiatric patient who has written a play to be acted out by the other patients in the institution. The script calls for them to search for The Book in which they will write the New Commandments (ten wasn't enough). And that's where the fun (and puzzlement) begins. This is a classic road movie with a twist -- we don't know where the acting ends and the reality begins, and neither do some of the characters in the film, as we discover.

Evocative of Kerouac and late 60s psychedelia, as well as more recent festival films like "The Go-Getter" and "Wristcutters," "IBID" is full of the stuff of which great indies are made. First, it has the look and feel of cutting edge film-making, from the haunting soundtrack to the judicious use of hand-held camera, subjective point of view shots, and creative lighting and color processing which bring out not just the nature of the frenetic action but also put the viewer into the minds of the characters themselves. Second, not only does "IBID" make you think, it also challenges as few films can do. Having Lionel write a play which is then acted out within the movie itself is a wonderful device which keeps the audience constantly on its toes.

It should be said that the script never trivializes mental illness or patronizes those who may suffer from it. That's a trap which so many filmmakers fall into and audiences often may not know the difference. The fact that director Russell Friedenberg (who also co-stars as Lionel's buddy Tin) has not done so is a tribute to his own caring and sensitivity about the issue. But make no mistake about it -- "IBID" is laugh-out-loud hilarious and never takes itself too seriously.

Most of all, "IBID" allows the viewer to decide what is real and what is not. The real question posed here is a classic one: who is "normal" and who is "crazy?" Friedenberg has done something few filmmakers can -- create a totally unique and original work. It must be seen to be believed.


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Idaho, USA

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