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This controversial documentary follows five roommates trying to make it in Hollywood who face the unexpected consequences of fame. When Tony Zierra, an aspiring filmmaker with no money, stars or crew, resorts to filming the lives of his four struggling actor roommates, he never imagined the incredible twists of fate he would end up capturing on camera. Things take an amazing turn when three of the actors, Brad Rowe (Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, Shelter), Chad Lindberg (October Sky, The Fast And The Furious) and Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider) defy astronomical odds and quickly hit it big. Meanwhile, the fourth actor, Greg Fawcett, is nearly driven insane watching the others get famous. It doesn't take long for the unsettling reality of stardom to set in. Lindberg's hope of becoming a leading man is crushed when he s repeatedly told he doesn t have the right look; Rowe ends up typecast as a pretty boy and can't break past his uncanny resemblance to Brad Pitt; while Bentley, who has the most explosive career launch in decades, uneasily retreats from his sudden, overwhelming fame. As the actors struggle with life in the public eye, Zierra deals with constant obstacles while he tries to complete his film - including being scrutinized and blocked by the actors' nervous agents. While popular shows like Entourage offer a fun, fictionalized view into the workings of the film industry, My Big Break shows the good times along with the darker side of becoming a celebrity. The documentary is a rare, raw look at life in Hollywood that reveals what can happen if your dreams unexpectedly come true.

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My Big Break is an astonishing achievement in documentary filmmaking. In telling the true story of the struggles of four actors and one filmmaker trying to make it in Hollywood one might say this is the most raw, honest, and enduring tale of Tinsel Town since the mythic and fictional Sunset Blvd. --Michael C. Smith - Amazon Vine Voice

A magnificent documentary. It was stunning in its message, giving credence as it does to the saying that fact is often stranger than fiction. --Bill Cohen - The Haworth Press

A true insiders look into fame/Hollywood. I don't think I've ever seen anyone get so close to what happens to people when they get into the star making machinery. It was very raw and very real. Every person with stars in their eyes should see My Big Break. --Joan Prowse - Cinefocus Canada

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  • Actors: Wes Bentley, Chad Lindberg, Brad Rowe, Greg Fawcett, Tony Zierra
  • Directors: Tony Zierra
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mantic Eye
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001565ALM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Atwater on October 13, 2008
Format: DVD
I had the very great honor of attending the debut of this film at EyeCon in Orlando, FL, September 27, 2008, with actor Chad Lindberg and director Tony Zierra in attendance. It was an unforgettable experience.

The movie starts off with the hi-jinks and madcap behavior one would expect of a house full of aspiring young *male!* Hollywood actors. They are crazed, they are irreverent, they are risque, they are up for anything you can imagine because they are all here looking for that Big Break. Living with the four aspiring actors is a young film maker, Tony Zierra, who takes it upon himself to chronicle the landmarks of their journies. The results are ... unexpected.

Never have I imagined such an unflinching look at what it takes, what it means to reach for stardom in Hollywood. We watch these youngsters strive and struggle, we watch them crash and burn, we watch them get up and keep slugging until ... hey. Look at that. The cameras and the lights are looking at not one, but *three* promising actors who just happen to be friends and house mates. The parallels of their upward climbs is dizzying, exhilerating, amazing, even while the not-so-upward battle of the fourth friend just can't quite get that break. It seems like just the luck of the draw ...

Until it dawns on us, the viewers, just how funny this all is not. In the end, it is brutally, painfully apparent that "success" in show biz is sometimes just as bad as, if not worse than no success at all. It would be a troubling film if it were fiction. It's downright unnerving to realise that everything we see ... is real.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Middle-aged guy on February 7, 2009
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I can't believe the makers of this movie haven't promoted it as being Entourage in real life--except if Turtle and Eric are successful actors, too. In My Big Break, you follow the (real-life) careers of four young aspiring actors who live together in a messy house in LA. Three of them make it fairly big--and one of them, unbelievably big (Wes Bentley, who did the amazing job as the troubled kid in American Beauty). Then things start to fall apart, and Wes's career (among others) starts to crumble. (Vincent Chase, anyone?) This movie is an amazingly honest, searching portrayal of the Hollywood star machine, and how it eats people up. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before. I loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Castle on December 12, 2008
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I watched My Big Break for the first time last night, and loved how the director was able to capture the essence of what it takes to make it in Hollywood - perfectly weaving you through the good and bad times of life in L.A. as a young actor. The DVD also includes many wonderful extras that really put the viewer behind the camera during the making of the film. Along with the interested moviegoer, I would also recommend this film to actors in the industry and anyone who has the desire to be a director in Hollywood. This film shows the truth about what can happen to you in Hollywood, cutting through all the BS and getting straight to the point. Recommended!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Harris on August 22, 2011
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Being an actress I personally really enjoyed this documentary.
You get to see the highs and lows of making it or not making it in the tough acting Hollywood industry.
You get to see behind the scenes, everything past the hair, make up, designer clothes and flashing cameras. You see tears, anger, depression, drug addiction. Everything!

It's truly fantastic that it was documented and caught on camera. A true honest look at the industry and the affect on the actors lives.

I love this!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane M. Jenab on January 19, 2009
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I had the great honor of being among the first people to see this movie at the first screening in Orlando and was blown away. Tony Zierra shows a unique view of Hollywood and the rise and fall of aspiring actors. This roller coaster of a film almost never saw the light of day due to pressure from Hollywood to keep it from being released. Congratulations to Mr. Zierra for continuing to press ahead and finally making this film available to us the viewers. Follow the lives of these four actors and one director... the highs of initial success, the crushing disappointment of watching your friends and housemates succeed while you continue to struggle for recognition, the cataclysmic fall from the public eye... It's a heartbreaking, raw and at times terrible look behind the scenes that will shock and disturb you. You must see this film!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2009
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I've been waiting for a while now and Amazon still says "Out of Stock" I saw the movie in Orlando and Loved it! Please Amazon get it in stock. Thank you........
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By Kim on September 12, 2011
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10 years ago I googled Wes Bentley, the character with the camera in American Beauty, and came across a website for a film called Carving Out Our Name, a documentary about four actors and an aspiring director living in a house they called "Masselin". In the late 90's, Tony Zierra decided to start filming his four roommates as they tried to make it in Hollywood. You can call it luck, you can call it foresight, whatever the case, three out of four of the guys living in the Masselin house eventually got their big breaks, and Tony was there to capture it all.

Carving Out Our Name, starring Chad Lindberg, Brad Rowe, Greg Fawcett and Wes Bentley, got its big break when it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2001, but the tragedy that took place the morning after changed everything and Carving Out Our Name went into hiding for good. I had always hoped the film would see the light of day and this year it has. My Big Break is Carving Out our Name's Father. It's older and wiser, but mostly it is fearless.

It's surprisingly easy to relate to these guys as they struggle with success and fame and all that comes with it. It's even easier to relate to the one guy in the house who has to sit back and watch with envy as his three roommates make a name for themselves in Hollywood. At one point the director asks him to do something, anything, and what follows is at once equally hilarious and utterly heartbreaking. Tony Zierra's directorial debut is thoughtful, provoking and painfully real. It's non-fiction at its best.

What I loved most about this film is the fact that the person telling the story is as much a part of it as the rest. The character with the camera in American Beauty come to life.
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