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Tripping Through

When we first meet bumbling, unlucky and eager-to-please KARLY she is unemployed, broke, and recently dumped. She thinks her luck may be turning when she meets the perfect man but in true-to-Karly form, accidentally scares him off. (You know, that moment when you think you’ve asked a man over for mac and cheese but you’ve accidentally propositioned him with depraved, x-rated activities.) Just as she resigns herself to a life of loneliness, a tragic twist jolts her into finding the inner strength to turn her luck around.

  • Malcolm Ellis
    Director
  • Michelle Morgan
    Writer
  • Malcolm Ellis
    Producer
  • Michelle Morgan
    Producer
  • Michelle Morgan
    Key Cast
  • Adam Cockerill
    Key Cast
  • Dominic Wheaton
    Key Cast
  • Chuck and Barrie Quappe
    Original Music
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Romantic Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 42 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 22, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Cayman Islands
  • Country of Filming:
    Cayman Islands
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Cayman International Film Festival
    George Town
    Cayman Islands
    July 3, 2016
    World
  • Idyllwild International Festival of Film
    Idyllwild, CA
    United States
    January 5, 2017
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Poinciana Film Festival
    George Town, Grand Cayman
    Cayman Islands
    March 10, 2017
    Best Feature Film
  • Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    August 11, 2018
    European Premiere
    Official Selection; Best Comedy Feature Nominee
  • Genre Film Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    December 8, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Chambal International Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    January 12, 2019
    National Premiere
    Official Selection; Best Sound in Feature
Director Biography - Malcolm Ellis

Malcolm also sometimes slated and he was even seen helping glue false eyelashes when the emergency arose. He has decades of theatre experience – acting, directing and producing since he moved to the Cayman Islands from Toronto, Canada over 20 years ago.
Malcolm has been involved in many productions including Caytube, The 39 Steps, The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare, The Complete History of America, Dancing at Lughnasa, Moon over Buffalo, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

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Director Statement

I’ve had a life-long interest in movies and movie-making, but it was only after 20 years of community theatre experience that I started to turn that interest into action.
I’d worked on two live theatre sketch comedy productions that required a video component – parody TV commercials – that I took on as mini film projects. After producing half a dozen of these mini-films, working alongside Michelle Morgan who wrote most of the sketches for the show, I realized I was hooked. The standard advice is to start with a short film. Five to fifteen minutes to get your feet wet. Well, I jumped in head first. Michelle had written and published a romantic comedy novel, so I read it and laughed my head off. This was the first big project - a full-length feature film.
We were heads-down for so long and now that it’s done and I can finally watch the whole thing as a continuous story instead of a series of micro-edits, I’m surprised by how powerful the story is. Even when you’ve worked on every component, the finished product becomes so much more than the sum of its parts. And in this case, more than just a romantic comedy. It’s definitely funny. I’m amazed that it still makes me laugh after so many viewings. And it is a classic romance story as well. But watching the leading characters grow and develop over the course of the film is very satisfying, and moving as well.
Looking back at the last two years of working on this film, I’m reminded of the need for maintaining balance. Balancing our paying day jobs against time spent working on the film. Being both organized and creative. Pushing our actors and respecting that they were all volunteers. To say nothing of balancing Michelle’s mood swings and glucose levels!
Hopefully, we’ve struck the right balance of reality and comedy, romance and personal growth, and above all, an entertaining story. It still makes me smile!