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The Movie

A creepy director forces a former child star to act in his movie with him, which just so happens to be the worst movie of all time. But will it be her swan song?

  • Michael Mandell
  • Michael Mandell
  • Michael Mandell
  • Bonnie Root
    Key Cast
    Tons of Stuff
  • Jarrod Pistilli
    Key Cast
    Many Things
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Dark Comedy, Absurd Comedy, Psycho Comedy, Movie within a Movie, iPhone Movie, Horror, Pyschological Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 25 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    85,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone, GoPro
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9, 2.40:1
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Michael Mandell

My name is Michael Mandell and I've been a storyteller since before I can remember. According to my mom, I didn't speak till I was 3 but when I finally did, I told a whole story with a beginning, middle, and end.
Well I'm still telling stories after all these years. I've written a dozen features (plus a few pilots and countless shorts) , I write and direct plays that are produced each month in someone's living room (now zoom), and I'm finally ready to make my dreams come true with my first feature film, "The Movie." Baby steps. Like I said, I'm a late bloomer.

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Director Statement

This movie was made out of necessity. As a screenwriter with a readership that's basically non-existent, I decided to take matters into my own hands and write something I could, and actually would, make. Nobody reads anything...but they watch everything. So I came up with a story that I could make on the cheap (still a fortune): a two character/one location/shot on iPhone film. The Movie is uncomfortable, it's offensive, it's psychopathic, and it's all sorts of fucked up, but there's nothing else like it, and I couldn't be prouder to present it now. Finally! Thanks for your consideration.