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Butch Jamie (2007)

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Jamie Klein is an out-of-work butch lesbian actor willing to try almost anything for a role. Femme, Butch, and Male Jamie all make appearances throughout this quirky, gender-bending comedy about struggling for success in Hollywood.

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Michelle Ehlen

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Michelle Ehlen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Ehlen ... Jamie
Olivia Nix Olivia Nix ... Lola
Tiffany Anne Carrin ... Jill
David Au ... David
Andrea Andrei Andrea Andrei ... Andi
Joe McDaniel Joe McDaniel ... Dan
Mary Lynch Mary Lynch ... Francine
Nathan Edmondson ... Glen
Fiona Hickey Fiona Hickey ... Girl in Waiting Room #1
Nevada Stonbely Nevada Stonbely ... Girl in Waiting Room #2
Kirsten Ehlen Poppen Kirsten Ehlen Poppen ... Yelling Producer
Sherri A. Ruark Sherri A. Ruark ... Producer's Assistant
Leah Williamson Leah Williamson ... Receptionist / Bathroom Girl / Restaurant / Bar Patron
Matt Burnham Matt Burnham ... Man at Urinal
Willow Baer Willow Baer ... Piece of Ass
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Storyline

Jamie Klein is an out-of-work butch lesbian actor willing to try almost anything for a role. Not being a traditionally feminine woman, Jamie dresses up for auditions as "Femme Jamie," but has no success in landing roles. To add insult to injury, her roommate Lola's cat (named Howard) is also an actor, and he gets cast in virtually anything he auditions for. After watching Howard's acting reel, Jamie is ready to rise to the challenge and prove to herself that she can be more successful than a stupid cat. Jamie's best friend David convinces her that the way to do this is to simply be yourself, which in Jamie's case, is what she refers to as "Butch Jamie" -- short hair spiked up with gel, Doc Martin boots, a studded belt, and a neck chain. This unintentionally tips Jamie's perceived gender in the opposite direction, and she gets offered a role in a film as a man - Steve. Offended by the reality that there is little room for butch women in show biz, Jamie is reluctant to take the role, ... Written by Michelle Ehlen

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Life's a drag

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, New York, USA See more »

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Ballet Diesel Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Jamie: They, uh, have this technology now - raccoon heart.
Jill: Yes, I'm familiar.
Jamie: OK...
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F***in' Change
Written by Harold Squire and Michelle Ehlen
Performed by Myriam Brioschi
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A butch lesbian, a bisexual woman, and a great cat
14 October 2007 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Butch Jamie (2007) was written and directed by Michelle Ehlen, who also starred in the film. (Ms. Ehlen is a very talented woman.)

This movie--set in Hollywood, but shot mostly in Albany, NY--is about a butch lesbian (Jamie) who wants to find work as an actor in Hollywood. Unfortunately, when she answers casting calls as a femme woman, she gets nowhere. However, when she goes as "herself," she's offered work--in a man's role. The rest of the plot revolves around the results of Jamie's acceptance of this role. The director and producer of the film-within-a-film know she's a woman, and, of course, we know it, but no one on the set knows it.

Michelle Ehlen makes us believe in Jamie as a person, and she's a good enough actor to make us believe in "Male Jamie" as well. Tiffany Anne Carrin plays the beautiful young member of the film crew who's attracted to Male Jamie, and Olivia Nix does a great job as Nola, Jamie's roommate. Nola's goal in life is to make a star of Howard, her cat. (Howard is portrayed by Huey. Butch Jamie was his first important role. Huey isn't listed in the IMDb credits, but he's credited on screen. In any event, he does a great job.)

This movie will work on DVD. We were fortunate to see it as part of ImageOut--the Rochester NY Lesbian and Gay Film & Video Festival.


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