On Sunday, April 26, I attended the World Premiere of TiMER 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).
TiMER 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.


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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

Comments (2)

  • Carly Reply

    Hi! Starting today (April 21st, 2010 through June 16th), TiMER will be available through Tribeca Film Video-On-Demand so you can watch the film in your very own home!!
    TribecaFilm.com

    Also, TiMER is opening in theaters in LA (April 30-May 7)and NYC (May 14-21) so be sure not to miss this delightful and clever film!!

    TiMERtheMovie.com

    April 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm
  • lrichman@pronetworks.org
    lrichman@pronetworks.org Reply

    Thanks Carly! I mentioned it when they first announced that it would be part of the program but we didn't have the exact dates at the time, so thanks for the update!

    April 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

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