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September 20, 2013
Thursday’s Speaker is an indie dark comedy that shows potential
— Posted by Ryan
While many feature films have the financial backing of deep pocketed studios, indie films require more effort to produce an adequate film on a limited budget. Although they may be lacking in budget, indie films tend to focus on the passion of the film through rich character development. Thursday’s Speaker premieres on September 21, 2013 and seems to be a film that differentiates itself from the usual characters and plots seen in many of the films today. Take a look at the trailer below.
Alcoholism is an interesting dynamic in films because it creates an internal struggle for the characters that puts them at war with themselves. What makes this character even more interesting is that he is a pathological liar and an alcoholic that uses his ability to lie to create a positive facade at his AA meetings. The premise for the character alone is interesting enough to drive the plot but there are also a number of other characters with their own problems that are affected by the main character’s actions.
Thursday’s Speaker seems to have great potential as a film that invokes an emotional response. While it may not be on everyone’s radar like some other mainstream films, it could be a thought provoking sleeper film that leaves you with an emotional satisfaction that you won’t get from many of these carbon-copied, high budget films. It is already receiving a lot of buzz and won a couple awards including “Best Narrative Feature” at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival and the Indie Gathering 2013. The film premieres this Saturday, September 21st at the IFQ Film Festival in Los Angeles.
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First and foremost, Ryan Brown is a fan. He has been an avid fan of both the theater and cinema since an early age and his passion for both has been continually growing ever since. When dissecting a film, he focuses on all elements of film-making including some fan/cult factors. He believes that character development is the foundation of a good film and usually starts his analysis of a film from there moving forward. His writing style may be influenced by his background of narrative and argumentative studies in the subject, but he tends to enjoy a more conversational style to better interact with the readers, unlike some other pretentious and pompous writers.
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