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  • Actors: Bonnie Bennett, Hazel R. Bell, Christine Nicholson, Carol Miranda
  • Directors: Mike Carroll
  • Writers: Mike Carroll
  • Producers: Bonnie Bennett, Mike Carroll
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: The Garage Filmworks/mikecarrollfilms
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DTMWWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A saga spanning one New Year's Eve to the following New Year's Eve in the lives of the Stone sisters. Ava (Bonnie Bennett), a retired singer and her daughter Lana (Kristen Elizabeth) who is making the same mistakes she made as a young woman. Sidney (Christine Nicholson), a restless soul who can't stay in a relationship for more than a year. Vivian (Carol Miranda), the family caretaker who cannot take care of herself. Gina (Katherine Pappa), the career woman who puts work above her family and daughter (Savannah Swain). And Doris (Hazel Johnson), the matriarch of the clan, for whom this is her final year.

"...the cinematic feat that is YEAR shares with us captivating scenery, clouds of expression, the revolution of one full year, and the nuanced moments of decision in these characters lives. Based in Northern California and shot over the course of 372 days, YEAR is a truly independent, remarkably constructed, and exquisitely acted film NOT to be missed." (Alicia R. Perre-Dowd, San Francisco Independent Film Festival)

"writer-director Mike Carroll's debut fiction feature...is well-crafted -- quite impressively so given a purported minuscule budget -- and engrossing... Compact, fast-moving narrative... production values and tech contribs are solid, performances fully credible." (Dennis Harvey, Variety)?

Mike Carroll, filmmaker of "Year": "The filmmakers who inspired and influenced me the most were always the "hyphenates" -- the filmmakers who handled many of the jobs that are typically delegated on most films. Artists such as Claude Lelouch and Russ Meyer, writer-producer-director-cameraman-editor-distributors; Stanley Kubrick and Haskell Wexler, writer-producer-director-cameraman; David Lean, Michael Mann, writer-producer-director-editor. Claude Lelouch once said, "You wouldn't expect an artist to give his brush to someone else." When I set out to make my own film I chose to make it on the same terms as the filmmakers who had shaped my concepts of cinema, as a "hyphenate," commanding the viewfinder, the microphones, the imagery and the editing. I could not have made this film without the foundation these artists laid down for me."

BONUS FEATURES:
- Audio commentary with filmmakers Mike Carroll and Bonnie Bennett
- Making of Year featurette
- Life Is Just A Party: The Editing & Re-editing of the Party Sequence
- Different versions of New Year's Eve party sequence
- Garage Filmworks Trailers
Trailers for other Mike Carroll films from The Garage Filmworks.

UNRATED. Suggested Rating: R-RESTRICTED. Under 17 should be viewed with a parent or adult guardian. For Language, Sexual Situations, Adult Themes.

The musical soundtrack for "Year" is from "Wind Journey" by Erik Wollo, available on Spotted Peccary Music at spottedpeccary.com as here on Amazon.

The DVD also serves as a companion video to Mike Carroll's book, "Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature Film Without A Crew For $10,000 Or Less." For more information visit mikecarrollfilms.com.

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I want to commend Mike Carroll on his wonderful debut dramatic film "Year" I've screened the film over the past week twice and I must say it is a rich and complex work. I've watched and enjoyed Mr. Carroll's second film, "Nightbeats", before watching this, his first one, and I expected to see "Year" as more the work of a fledgling director. I was wrong. Both "Year" and "Nightbeats" are mature works from a mature director. Reminds me of a few other directors who have hit the deck running: Orson Welles, Spielberg, and Steven Soderbergh.

The script is tightly structured, the characters are well-drawn and acted, the cinematography is gorgeous, (particularly the cityscapes and time-lapse sequences of clouds), relating to the interior lives of the characters while moving us through time. I was simply amazed when while watching the bonus featurette on the DVD, (which I highly recommend), I learned that most of the filming of characters was accomplished with available lighting. And far from looking like a home movie, the film looks, well, very sensitively lit. So here you have a single person, directing, shooting, collecting sound, and still able to pull from the "available light", quality and mood. Amazing work. When I think of what Mr Carroll could accomplish with a crew and a couple of million dollars....on the other hand, I hope he continues to be a filmmaker in the fullest sense of the word - I mean in the sense that HE interprets the meaning of that word.

I was moved by the acting of this wonderful cast. They come from the theater we learn in the book, "Naked Filmmaking", and in the featurette previously mentioned. What I find remarkable is how they were able to adjust from the stage to the "close-up"...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. M. King on May 1, 2010
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I am a fan of Mike Carroll films. A true student of Cassavetes, his style is one that allows his actors lots of freedom to explore and to instinctively play off of a situation, which oftentimes leads to moments of real truth. He is one of the few that has the courage to do this kind of film-making, because he is so well-versed in the "laws" OF film-making. Year is a perfect example of the free-form sub-genre that is so constantly attempted by filmmakers. Only Mike pulls it off, whereas other lesser filmmakers don't because they lose focus on the story's through-line. Relationships are real in Year and several characters (like Bonnie Bennett and Erik Wheeler) breath authenticity into moments that more times than not would have been handled amateurishly. If you want a film with about real familial relationships in multiple levels of disrepair, Year is for you. The whole cast is solid, and Mike's cinematography is, as usual, priceless. If you also want a lesson in do- it-yourself-film-making, then there's yet another reason to buy YEAR.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sabrena Swain Mft on March 31, 2010
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I think this is the best movie I have seen in a long time. The acting is superb!
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