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with filmmaker Neil Mandt
LAST STOP FOR PAUL
"An eye-opening ride and a totally enriching experience" -Film Threat
"Timeless... An ingenious way of constructing a good film out of virtually nothing" -Variety
"An amiable, homespun travelogue... Mandt directs and acts with great zest and contagious, unpretentious good cheer" -Village Voice
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
Two buddies set out on a low-budget road trip that will take them around the world in this independent comedy drama. Charlie (Writer-director Neil Mandt) and Cliff (cinematographer Marc Carter) are two close friends who work together selling bathroom supplies. Charlie loves to travel and spends as much time as he can seeing the world on the cheap; Cliff, however, gets nervous about the prospect of going far away from home, and while he often promises to tag along with Charlie, he never does it. However, when Charlie proposes that they go to Thailand for the annual Full Moon Party, the request coincides with the passing of Cliff's old buddy Paul. Paul had been planning a global journey and Cliff decides to honor his friend's wishes by scattering Paul's ashes in the four corners of the earth. With two weeks available, Charlie and Cliff set out to visit as many nations as possible, scamming room and board whenever they can, and releasing a bit of Paul's remains at every stop. Shot on locations around the world with a minimal crew and locals playing themselves at most stops, Last Stop for Paul was written and directed by Neil Mandt, a veteran television producer with a background in sports programming. There were no casting calls along the way, just strangers picked up on the street to either act in a scene or hold the camera as Neil and Marc delivered their improvised lines. The outcome has proven to be a smart, funny and poignant story about world travel as well as a trip of a lifetime.
Directed by Neil Mandt, U.S.A., 2006, 35mm, 83 mins.
Cinechat: Filmmaker Neil Mandt will be here for a Q&A after the 7 & 9 pm screenings on Friday and Saturday, September 19 & 20.