The Definition of Insanity (Emerging Filmmakers Competition)
2004 - USA - 85 minutes
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DIRECTOR: The Definition of Insanity
CAST: Robert Margolis, Dawn Marie Anderson, Kelli Barnett, Peter Bogdanovich
Co-director Robert Margolis stars as Robert, an actor who may or may not be himself in this intense and often hilarious film about acting, aging and the dark side of ambition. Expertly blurring the line between fact and fiction, The Definitiion of Insanity was filmed over the course of 18 months, as a documentary crew follows Margolis obsessively from one failed audition to another, recording in raw detail his every humiliation and small triumph as he searches for that elusive perfect role that will catapault his career into the next level. Margolis, with his vaunting optimism leaping always one step ahead of a very real desperation, is riveting. When he finally scores his dream role in a film directed by the legendary Peter Bogdanovich, we know that his life has reached a profound point of change--though what exactly will that change be? Co-director Matter is an unseen but keenly appreciated presence as he keeps the narrative firmly in check, while simultaneously letting the film explode in any number of unforeseen directions to deliver a frank and fresh testament to the burden of dreams.Robert Margolis has had leading roles as an actor in numerous independent feature films. He is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship. This is his first work as a director and producer. Frank Matter's surreal film noir Morocco and his medium-long documentary The Beauty of My Island have been shown at many festivals around the world (i.e. Locarno, Ankara, Calcutta, Montreal, Max-Ophuls Saarbrücken, Bergamo, New York, New Orleans, Figueira da Foz etc.) and have won several awards.
PRODUCER: Robert Margolis, Frank Matter
SCREENWRITER: Robert Margolis & Cast
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Frank Matter
EDITOR: Robert Margolis
MUSIC: Paula Atherton, Amy Fairchild
SPECIAL INFO: Director Robert Margolis scheduled to attend!
PRINT SOURCE: Dirt Road Films/Soap Factory