IN PERSON: Producer Athena Lobit and Actress Alyssa Lobit
The Things We Carry, a personal story, marks the debut of the Lobit Sisters (Athena, Producer; Alyssa, Writer & Actress).
Home from backpacking through South East Asia for three years, thrill-seeker Emmie (ALYSSA LOBIT) returns to Los Angeles, after receiving a mysterious letter from Ricky, a companion of her recently-deceased drug-addict mother, Sunny (ALEXIS RHEE). She's looking for Ricky to retrieve what Sunny left for her and has a single clue in hand: The Best Motel, the dingy den in the San Fernando Valley that Sunny last called home.
Tracking down a junkie is easier said than done and along the way Emmie gets help from various people who knew her mother. Among them are Kim (ILENE GRAFF), the woman-child who permanently lives at the dumpy Best, Jeremiah (JOHNNY WHITWORTH), the one guy who might make it out of this drug scene alive if only everything was different, and Leslie (DANIEL ZACAPA), a colorful man whose potential has long since faded.
The hunt is intensified when Emmie's sister Eve (CATHERINE KRESGE) shows up. The two had pushed rather than drifted apart, due to their different approaches in dealing with their addict mother. Eve stayed behind and took care of Sunny until the dirty end. Meanwhile, Emmie took off for more exotic pastures, determined to live her own life. United in the effort to find their mother’s package, the sisters maintain their stand-off, exposing old wounds, while also re-discovering their lost connection.
This journey through the San Fernando Valley and the past allows the sisters to come to peace with themselves, their mother, and each other about their different approaches to life.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
• World Premiere, 2009 Boston Film Festival
• Southern California Premiere, 2009 San Diego Asian Film Festival
• 2009 Hollywood Film Festival
• 7 Awards at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival
ABOUT DIRECTOR IAN MCCRUDDEN
Variety has praised Ian McCrudden’s work for its “deeply felt performances” and “intimate, powerfully atmospheric” style. The Hollywood Reporter called his previous film Islander, an “intelligent and compelling drama.”Ian got his start at Stanford University, where he received the Golden Medal for writing and directing. His production of Night Baseball won the National College Theater Festival, and Stanford University Press published his thesis on Samuel Beckett.
McCrudden has directed several films including Islander, starring Philip Baker Hall, Trespassers (Michelle Borth, Alex Feldman), The Big Day (Julianna Margulies), Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler (Alex Feldman, Larry Pine), and Trailer—The Movie.He also directs original plays in the United States and abroad,including most recently the acclaimed Patriotic Bitch Off-Broadway in NYC. He is the author of several screenplays including Cigar Diaries, Cowboys and Indians and Man of the House.Ian has collaborated on many of his films’ scores. He has already written songs and his debut album Start Over from Kayo Stereophonic was released worldwide in March 2007.He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons
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Stockton Empire Theatre
CAST AND CREW
Writer: Alyssa Lobit
Director: Ian McCrudden
Producer: Athena Lobit, Alyssa Lobit, Jessica Schatz, Jay Lobit, Melissa Davis, Camille Mana
Cinematographer: Gavin Kelly
Editor: Maureen Meulen
Music: Timo Chen
Principal Cast: Alyssa Lobit, Catherine Kresge, Alexis Rhee, Johnny Whitworth