"Movies are supposed to be about a special day."

Lauren White and Aaron Murtagh between takes at the Ennis House, 2013

Lauren White and Aaron Murtagh between takes at the Ennis House, 2013

During pre-production, I tried to compile notecards of quote-worthy phrases with the idea that Jenny, the film's writer and director, might use them during a revision. Like an oasis while crossing the desert.  Jenny said the above quote during one of countless long walks we took while she finished the script. I can't remember what I said that prompted this response but clearly it was meant to be more profound than it might sound.

Present Company Excluded is not mumblecore. And it's not a studio picture. It's a first feature about a young woman learning to stand up for herself. It explores the effects of pervasive media, social innuendo, and shared space on gender and identity. It's about billboards telling us how to act and what to buy. And it's an endearing and gregarious portrait of a young American woman.

 

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