In Search of a Midnight Kiss - AFI Fest, LA (November 10, 2007)
To me this movie is Alex Holdridge's attempt at a Los Angeles woody Allen-style romantic comedy. It's an independent movie made with a small budget.Consequently, it cannot be compared to mainstream Hollywood movies. However. one doesn't get a strong Juduo-Christian message from "In Search of a Midnight Kiss". Hence, it worked for me despite its weak writing and imperfections. The cinematography, the direction and acting are the strengths of this movie. It's a beautiful and entertaining movie without a moral or political message. The movie should do very well among the twentysomething targeted audience.
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is a rollicking comic ride and tender journey though love, sex, and modern romance in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve.
WILSON (Scoot McNairy), a twenty-nine-year old guy who has just had the worst year of his life, is new to Los Angeles, has no date, no concrete plans and every intention of locking the doors and forgetting the last year ever happened. That is until his best friend, Jacob (Brian McGuire), browbeats him into posting a personal ad on Craig’s List. When Vivian (Sara Simmonds), a strong-willed woman hell bent on being with the right guy at the stroke of midnight responds, a chaotic, sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching journey through the black and white streets of L.A. begins. In the waning hours of the year, emotional vulnerability and bitterly honest humor seem to be waiting around every corner.
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is directed by award-winning filmmaker, Alex Holdridge, whose last film, Sexless, is the only movie to have won both the Jury and Audience Award for best feature film at the SXSW film festival (2003). The veteran art house producer Anne Walker, (Before Sunrise, Dazed and Confused) is Executive Producer. It stars Scoot McNairy (Art School Confidential, Six Feet Under) and Sara Simmonds (Echoes of Innocence). The film is produced by Seth Caplan (Flatland) and Scoot McNairy. Editing is by Jacob Vaughn (Cassidy Kids, Dear Pillow) and Frank Reynolds (In the Bedroom). In Search of a Midnight Kiss is a blend of up-and-coming talent and proven experience making it a dazzling independent film not to be missed.
Writer/Director: Alex Holdridge
Producers: Seth Caplan, Scoot McNairy
Executive producer: Anne Walker-McBay
Director of photography: Robert Murphy:
Editors: Frank Reynolds, Jacob Vaughn
Wilson: Scoot McNairy
Vivian: Sara Simmonds
Jacob: Brian Matthew McGuire
Min: Katy Luong
Wilson's Mom: Twink Caplan
Jack: Robert Murphy
Radio DJ: Nic Harcourt