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TRANSATLANTIC COFFEE

SYNOPSIS:
A colourblind 41 year old New York clown, Alex (Kevin Pinassi), meets Mandie (Rachel Marie Lewis) - online. She tells him she is a student - but turns out to be a teenage stripper in London. Haunted by the memory of a mysterious woman, titillated by the surroundings of 2001 New York City, and enthralled by the pending arrival of Mandie, Alex struggles to follow the advice of his best friend, Ronnie (Marcel Torres) and more importantly, his heart to yield his desires and do what is seemingly right.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Problematic viewing conditions - 45 minutes of the film viewed in 63 minutes due to streaming stoppages - make it impossible to properly review this film. What can be said is that filmmaker Erik Peter Carlson seems to favour the still frame, and a slightly stilted style that is less than engaging, even though there are elements that intrigue, not least the character of Alex (Kevin Pinassi).

He is besotted with his online girlfriend and desperate to see her, as he confesses to his best friend Ronnie (excellent Marcel Torres). But he's a muted character, lacking dynamics or substance.

It takes a while to meet Mandie (Rachel Marie Lewis), who turns out to be not the English schoolgirl Alex expected but a stripper. That's about as far as my patience got me, despite my good intentions in wishing to alert our readers to indie films being distributed online. You might have better luck with the connection ...

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

TRANSATLANTIC COFFEE (TBA)
(US, 2012)

CAST: Kevin Panassi, Rachel Marie Lewis, Marcel Torres, Stephanie Domini Ehlert, Alix Paige, Amy Morse, Toya Nash

PRODUCER: Kevin Bat, Yoko Lytle

DIRECTOR: Erik Peter Carlson

SCRIPT: Erik Peter Carlson

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dan Witrock

EDITOR: Alex Bordino

MUSIC: Leila Bordeuil, Mariya Mitkov, Scot Moore, Camron Seglias, Zee Avi

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dave Dean Ebert

RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: http://www.prescreen.com

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Global online release: March 7 - May 7, 2012







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