My review & pictures of “Lonely Boy” World Premiere at 2013 Palm Beach International Film Festival

On Saturday, April 6, 2013 I attended the highly-anticipated World Premiere of Lonely Boy at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in Palm Beach County, Florida. The screening was held at the Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille in Delray Beach. I also attended its second festival screening on Wednesday, April 10 at Muvico Parisian at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. The film was a selection in the Narrative Feature Competition.

A couple of years ago, I wanted to review a gripping movie I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival. I loved this enigmatic indie in which mysterious, unseen forces threaten to tear apart a young couple even before their relationship has a chance to blossom. However, not much more could be said about this odd story without posting spoilers, and I'm a stickler for not revealing too much information. Despite being one of the few movies of the past several years I deemed most worthy of the word "important," I simply placed it on my Top Picks list of that festival (it even made my Top 10 of that year) and said, "Just see it." I can't even name that film here since, simply by doing so, I'll be giving away more than I care to about this one. I'm now faced with a similar dilemma.

In the case of Dale Fabrigar's breathtaking fourth feature Lonely Boy, directing from a stunning script by star/executive producer Alev Aydin, a similar logline may be sufficient. In this case it could be, "An enigmatic indie in which a mysterious, unseen force threatens to keep a young man isolated and alone before any relationship has a chance to blossom."

Aydin is Franky, the titular character, a young man held captive to both the forgotten memories of his past as well as a present mystery that manifests itself in heartache and disaster. Painfully authentic performances from Melora Walters as sister Betsy and Mackenzie Astin as brother-in-law Robert help anchor the narrative. Watch for Richard Riehle's star turn as neighbor Mr. Fitz, a crusty former Marine whose battle stories are captivating. Also notable in support are Greg Vrotsos as Franky's constant companion Jay, Natalie Distler as potential girlfriend Alex, Lynn Whitfield as Dr. Nolan, and Mateus Ward in a brief but pivotal role as 12-year-old Franky.

Lonely Boy is a technical marvel, with high production values allowing lighting, sound, and camerawork to become characters in themselves. Cinematographer Patrick Meade Jones deftly uses slow dolly shots and patient pans for the many reveals that make this such an exciting film to watch, along with some notable trick-of-the-light moments that will elicit smiles even in the thematically darkest periods. Numerous slyly clever transitions owe much to the editing skills of John Reyes Nguyen. Matt Dahan's haunting score is punctuated by bittersweet original songs from composer Steven Roth.

Lonely Boy was produced by Troy Daniel Smith and Executive Producer Alev Aydin for Exit 43 Productions. Darin Eppich served as co-producer along with associate producers Raheem Williams, Andre Andrews, C.J. Heitner, and Aida Lembo.

For being one of the most shockingly disturbing yet emotionally satisfying films of the year, I gave Lonely Boy five stars and a place on my 2013 Palm Beach International Film Festival Top 4 Narratives.

On Tuesday, April 6 at Frank CineBowl, I brought producer Troy Daniel Smith onstage to introduce the film. After the screening, Smith returned to the stage for an enlightening and provocative Q&A session. I was honored to be the moderator. On Wednesday, April 10 at Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach, writer/star/executive producer Alev Aydin joined me as, once again, I had the privilege of introducing the screening and hosting the Q&A. The festival's closing night and awards ceremony took place on Thursday, April 11 at Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille in Delray Beach. Alev was present to accept the festival's top honor from Palm Beach Film Festival President Randi Emerman, the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature.

Here are some pictures I shot on the red carpet with writer/star/executive producer Alev Aydin on April 10 and as he accepted the Jury Award for Best Feature on April 11:





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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

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