at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (see my REVIEW
). The SVA (School of Visual Arts) Theater was packed with patrons who had snapped up tickets to this screening (and two successive ones) even before going on sale to the public. A fourth screening was added to accommodate those who had put this film on their schedules as a "must-see." Now I know why.
Written, directed, and produced by Jac Schaeffer, TiMER
stars Emma Caulfield (Beverly Hills, 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
), Michelle Borth (Wonderland
), John Patrick Amedori (The Butterfly Effect, Stick It, Gossip Girl
), and Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn, Dexter
is, on the face of it, a romantic comedy. But its premise is so original and offbeat -- the film crosses over into the science fiction genre -- that, like the best indies, it's hard to pigeonhole. The basic idea (not a spoiler since this is revealed even before the opening credits) is that an implanted device on a person's wrist counts down to the moment the wearer meets his/her true love. It's based on the notion that everyone has one soulmate out there, somewhere, and each person's timer will go off at precisely the same moment when the fateful meeting takes place.
The film is poignant, intriguing, and hilarious in an authentic, non-slapstick way. The laughs are real. The script is smart and brilliantly executed by some of the best actors in the business.
The screening was followed by an entertaining and intellectually challenging Q&A with Schaefer, Caulfield, Borth, Amedori, and Harrington, along with producers Jennifer Glynn and Rikki Jarrett.
On Sunday, April 26, I attended the World Premiere of