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The Last Movie They Ever Made

Tagline: A reunion comedy about making movies, friendship... and failure.

Logline: A desperate LA screenwriter reunites with old friends to make a movie together, but is secretly making an exploitive tell-all documentary about the experience.

Brief Synopsis: Four old friends from film school reunite to make an overly-ambitious movie together in the California desert. But what they don’t know is that the group’s bitter LA screenwriter, Micah, is actually making a tell-all exploitive documentary about their supposed failed relationships. Once the truth behind cameraman Tommy's "behind the scenes" emerges, they'll have to decide what's most important: Micah's fake movie, Tommy's real movie, or their friendships.

  • Scott Riehs
    Director
    Demon Toast, Finding God in China
  • Micah Paisner
    Writer
    My Astronaut
  • Scott Riehs
    Writer
  • Micah Paisner
    Producer
  • Scott Riehs
    Producer
    Bears Discover Fire; Devil's Work
  • Alice Shindelar
    Producer
  • Magdalena Waz
    Producer
  • Micah Paisner
    Key Cast
    "Micah"
  • Scott Riehs
    Key Cast
    "Scott"
  • Alice Shindelar
    Key Cast
    "Alice"
  • Magdalena Waz
    Key Cast
    "Maggie"
  • Hernán Jimenez
    Key Cast
    "Jesus Castaneda"
  • Nick Weiss-Richmond
    Key Cast
    "Nicky Fried"
  • Dorian Gehring
    Original Music by
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Mockumentary, Reunion Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 23 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2024
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    May 23, 2024
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Scott Riehs

Scott Riehs is a director based in Brooklyn, New York. "The Last Movie They Ever Made" is his narrative feature directorial debut. Scott graduated from Columbia University's graduate film program, where his short film Bears Discover Fire won the 2018 Kin x DUST Grand Prize. He has since worked as a field producer for Youvisit, a virtual tour company creating VR experiences for regional tourism boards, fortune 500 companies, and universities around the world. Scott helped create and teach online Health and Safety seminars for filmmakers during the Covid19 pandemic in 2020. He's since worked for several seasons with PBS in New York helping keep casts and crews safe and healthy as the Arts came roaring back to life across the region. He is currently developing a new NYC Tour Guide show.

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Director Statement

The Last Movie They Ever Made celebrates the agony and torture of the artistic process, as well as the glory of riding a pogo stick through the California desert. There's a line halfway through the film where Scott declares "we have to get in trenches even deeper." It was as true to the characters as it was for us as performers and producers; we routinely lost track of when we were acting and when we were supposed to be ourselves making the movie. It's a story full of moments that Micah, Maggie, Alice and I collectively needed to get out of our system. And I'm happy to report that through it all, we've successfully made a remarkably cohesive film AND we're all still friends with each other. That’s something to celebrate. I’m so proud of this film, and I can’t wait to share it with you all.