The Truth About Me

A disillusioned teenager decides to expose the shallowness of his classmates by interviewing the most popular girl in his small-town high school. But she’s not as crass as she first seems, and he’s not the bundle of sensitivity he thinks he is. And when chemistry kicks in it’s a surprise to them both so they do what any normal teenager would: fight it.

  • Emmett Loverde
    Director
    Good Business Sense, She's Out of His Mind, The Truth About Me, A Timely Maneuver, Free Advice, Cranky Call
  • Emmett Loverde
    Writer
    Good Business Sense, She's Out of His Mind, The Truth About Me, A Timely Maneuver, Free Advice, Cranky Call, The Maginot Line
  • Emmett Loverde
    Producer
    Good Business Sense
  • Ellie Gerber
    Key Cast
    "Chrissie"
  • Bryant Sands
    Key Cast
    "Lars"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 29, 2009
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Cinema
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Action On Film International Film Festival
    Monrovia
    United States
    June 1, 2012
    Southern California Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Myrtle Beach International Film Festival
    Myrtle Beach
    United States
    December 2, 2009
    South Carolina Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Poppy Jasper Film Festival
    Morgan Hill
    United States
    May 8, 2009
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Emmett Loverde

Emmett Loverde is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Berkeley and Albany, California and received a degree in Theater from UCLA. He has written extensively for stage, screen, television, and radio. Over 250 separate productions of his stage plays have been mounted worldwide to date. He has also written and directed three feature films and numerous shorts.

Films written and directed by Mr. Loverde include the features "Beauty, Brains, and Personality;" "She's Out of His Mind;" and "Santa's Letters;" the comedy shorts "Good Business Sense," "Jesus Awakens the Little Girl," "A Timely Maneuver," "Snacking," "The Truth About Me," and "Cranky Call;" the web series "Free Advice" (co-written with his brother Paul Loverde); and several music videos.

In addition to the scripts for the above films Mr. Loverde’s screenplays include the historical saga "C.C. Julian" and the comedy "Love at Second Bite" for actor George Hamilton; a feature-length version of his film festival satire short "Snacking" (based on Mr. Loverde’s own zany experiences); the action thriller "CODEC;" the romantic comedy "Mergers and Acquisitions;" and the romantic drama "Desire Sleeps."

Mr. Loverde’s radio adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ "The Moon Maid" -- for which he received a commission from The Hollywood Theatre of the Ear -- was broadcast twice on National Public Radio. His comedy radio play "The Killist" was produced by The One Act Players of San Francisco.

His stage comedies include "A Timely Maneuver;" "Beauty, Brains, and Personality;" "Good Business Sense;" "Jesus Awakens the Little Girl;" "The Maginot Line;" "Peace and Quiet;" "Play How You Play;" "Love Fax;" "Sensitivity, USA;" "Till You Get To Baraboo;" "Santa’s Letters;" "So Much Snow;" and "Uneasy Overture." His stage dramas include "Spotlight."

Three of Mr. Loverde’s stage titles are in publication by Playscripts, Inc. Several of his stage plays and his book of short stories "Gifts for Good Friends" are available through Amazon. And his children's picture book "Clawdette the Cat" is published by Adamo Press.

Mr. Loverde is one of the producers of the children's film "The Adventures of Dally and Spanky," which was just released by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Director Statement

Like many the world over I was stunned and horrified by the shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. My roommate at the time was a Colorado native who had attended Columbine High and was a former student of William David Sanders, one of the faculty members who was murdered during the rampage.

A story in TIME Magazine featuring photographs of the young victims affected me deeply. Although rumors were swirling that the murderers were members of a strange cult and victims of heavy metal ennui all I could see was a couple of sad boys who longed to make friends. Looking at some of the victims — particularly the girls — I could only guess that the killers were a little lovesick.

My favorite genre has always been comedy so naturally my inspiration headed in that direction. I wrote a one-act play called “Sensitivity, USA” -- the title of which was intended to parody the television teen dramas that were popular at that time and named after American towns: “One Tree Hill,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Smallville,” and of course "Beverly Hills 90210."

The play features a short interview between a surly young journalist named Lars and a popular student named Chrissy. Lars intends to use Chrissy’s own words to humiliate her in front of the entire school: to “expose” her shallowness. But he quickly discovers that she isn’t as shallow as he expected. Chrissy in turn finds herself drawn to the dour but intelligent Lars and recognizes that instead of hating her he might be feeling something else...and she is intrigued.

After several local productions of the play including a premiere by The Rough Draft Theater Ensemble of Santa Monica I submitted it to my publisher Heuer Publishing. Since its publication the play has been produced over 36 times throughout the United States.

I adapted the play for the screen and cast two young actors whose work I greatly admired: Ellie Gerber and Bryant Sands. I met Ms. Gerber when they were both working on a feature film called "Tru Loved" in 2007 and I knew Mr. Sands through the Youth Group at St. Monica’s Church in Santa Monica, California.

After assembling a crew featuring many professionals with whom I’d worked previously on film projects such as "She's Out of His Mind" and stage projects with The Rough Draft Theater Ensemble, we shot the film in Santa Monica and renamed it "The Truth About Me."

I hope the movie continues to resonate with audiences as a beacon of hope. I know that catastrophic violence is often a symptom of mental illness but I believe any journey out of the darkness that our country continues to be in starts with people from all corners meeting and talking face-to-face.