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It not only looks like a movie, it is a movie.
The filmic aspects of storytelling are all there. None of the camerawork is ostentatious, it all works for the good of the individual scenes, and it is an integrated whole which could almost be called a visual style. The casting was all perfect. Kevin Burke's part as the disgruntled designer was absolutely hilarious. Richard Lucas was phenomenal as Ronny. And the ladies (Tancie Trail and Jessica Jaques) as the actress and the stripper were great. (David Pickens) with the remote-controlled car was the best actor in the whole thing, and the boss (Chris Fanjola) at the magazine was really sleazy in a very stylized way. All the media stuff was perfect, and all the sets were great. I don't know if the echoes of other movies were intentional or not (the scene in the car with Ronny and Bailey (Brandon Keener) with "Taxi Driver," the Tahitian picture and "Barton Fink") but worked well nonetheless. The 'love letter to Willie Nelson' aspect of the film was great, and the use of his music throughout was solid, as was the incidental stuff with the strings. The scene with Tabitha dining alone to "Unchained Melody" was genuinely moving. Good stuff! Knowing what I've learned about how difficult this entire process is, it's a pretty phenomenal achievement.

- Jason Gusmann
Buffalo, New York


I found the cinematography very intriguing. I also really appreciated the symbolism with some of the objects in the film. (Don't want to give anything way...but I like the changes in the painting.) I cracked up every time the character Ronny was on screen, and loved the back seat scene where Ronny was bored and making window pictures!

- Stacy Stevens
Santa Monica, California


Tahiti is an original movie that mixes poignant satiric comedy with thoughtful romantic passages. Some may think this a strange combination, but, oddly enough, it works. The film takes chances in communicating Bailey's (Brandon Keener) feelings of estrangement and disappointment, also in the way they show his heart warming fantasies of who he dreams of being. The creative editing and film making choices are reminiscent of such directors as Darren Aronofsky and David Lynch.

All the characters in the film are easy to laugh at and fall in love with. The people that make up Bailey's world are full of personality and edge that you can never get enough of.  All of the actors in this film are top notch and do a wonderful job, even the supporting and smaller roles are vibrant and interesting.

I definately recommend seeing this very original film. I think we will be seeing more wonderful movies from this talented filmmaker.  

-Jane Rohrbach
San Francisco, California



This is a very unique, unusual movie, and I for one am very happy about that. It almost seems more like a European film the way it slips and slides through the fragments of Bailey's thoughts and fantasies. The filmmaking and especially sound editing is really terrific— The whole project is very impressive for what seems to be a very low budget by Hollywood standards.

One of the things I loved about this movie was how they mixed heavily poetic sequences with oddball humor. It would move from dramatic scenes that were at times honestly powerful, to zany off the wall almost slapstick. It took a little getting used to but once you realized you're not watching a 'normal' hollywood film, it becomes really unpredictable and refreshing. Actually, the second time I watched it, I noticed tons of little connections that I missed the first time. The film has some unusually long dialogue scenes, but the writing and the characters were so enjoyable that you end up wanting more. I swear you could make a whole film just about Ronny.

Some of the smaller characters were really memorable as well, the bizarre Gardener (Andrew Leman) who seems unfazed by the cat corpse, and particularly the office co-worker which was played perfectly Sonia Segal. In fact, one of my favorite moments was the hilarious and absurd speech she gives to Bailey about her vitamins. Why's she so excited about those damn vitamins!?! Terrific, I would have liked to see more of her character.

I give a big thumbs up to this quirky, and very entertaining little indie. Reminds me of something you might see from someone like Charlie Kaufmann. Rare for a 'low-budget' film, but it actually gets better the more times you see it.

-Thom Grant
Berkley, California