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."
- 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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