love and having a baby is the American dream. But, when things
don’t go as planned and now your marriage is not working, seeking
therapy may be the answer. However, this radical therapy is not for
everyone in this feature thriller motion picture by duel directors
Mark Dennis and Ben Foster called “Strings”
in Austin, Texas and New York, for a mere 65K,
“Strings” tells the story of Billy (played by Billy Harvey), a
musician and piano player, and his wife Chavine (played by Elle
LaMont) as they struggle through their marriage after the loss of
cope the best they can, they slowly, and inevitably, start drifting
apart. Seeing that Chavine is wasting away, and, he is not making
enough money to pay the rent, (something which is pointed out to
Chavine by her mother on a constant basis) they seek counseling from
Jack (played by Jack Lee) a grief support counselor.
Billy finds out that Jack is recruiting subjects for a
“different” type of therapy, a radical therapy that requires the
subject to completely remove themselves from their present lives and
assume a totally different identity. Wanting to find fulfillment and
to release Chavine from her life of insecurity and poverty, Billy
willingly agrees to be treated, for the better. He drops everything
he ever knew, takes one last look at his wife and walks away.
Learning more, Jimmy, his new assumed name, finds out that the
therapy involves becoming a vigilante for hire, however there are
strings attached. No contact with your former life, secrecy and any
deviation may result in your treatment and your life being
terminated. One can never go back.
first job, a group, including Jimmy, rescues a young woman and a
group of children caught up in a slave sex ring. When one of the
members is killed and a surveillance camera catches Jimmy’s face
it is plastered all over the NEWS, now Jimmy must undergo extreme
plastic surgery to keep from being caught or recognized. In an
attempt to “cover-up”, the body of the member that was killed is
put in an SUV with Billy’s identification, and parts from the
plastic surgery and set on fire. Chavine gets the news that her
husband is dead. Years later Jimmy (played by Chris Potter) is a
skilled vigilante for hire, but is in need of a long overdo vacation
as he is becoming “burnt-out”. Instead of going to the assigned
location for his vacation, Jimmy decides to stay and
“mellow-out”. While walking around and clearing his head he
comes across a piano store owned by a husband and wife team, in need
of help. But, people are always watching and now he must stand up
against the consequences for deviating from the plan and attempting
to go back home.
Mark Dennis and Ben Foster this feature thriller is an excellent
story with twists and turns. With Mike Simpson behind the camera
“Strings” is a very dramatic looking motion picture. The shots
are choreographed, blocked, framed and each scene seems to be a
detailed picture of emotions for the characters and for the story.
Lighting is excellent and moving and sound is consistent throughout
the entirety of the movie.
Each of the
actors did a fantastic job in their related roles and each
complimented the other, which a lot of indie movie do not posses –
an ensemble of talent that can work together and at the same time,
can relate to each other as characters.
We were hard-pressed to find an unnatural sense about the
characters as they related to one another.
Mark Dennis, the story itself was well written with a beginning,
middle and an ending. Scenes flowed from one to another really
smoothly and without jumps in continuity. As well, the theme
throughout the movie was consistent with a man trying to make his
life better and feeling the need to go home.
He was always on the edge.
soundtrack was exceptional and moved the film nicely and evenly.
Cuts were seamless and paced the movie from scene to scene without
being too rushed. This was a really good movies to movie to watch
and Joe Foster were the hosts of the special screening of this Award
winning feature movie. It premiered in Houston at the Landmark River
Oaks Theater on March 6, 2012 to a full house. This is the
filmmakers’ first feature film and if you have a chance to see it
you will be very impressed. Judge for yourself. Pick up a DVD and
watch it. Also, play a role in the continuing effort to move
“Hollywood” to Texas and help support our indie moviemakers make
movies. All it takes is money. Your name can be listed on credits as
an Executive Producer or if you want to be more involved as a
Producer. How awesome is that?
Rating: C47Houston gives “Strings” a high 4.5 out of 5 on the
C47Houston was there at the
premiere and we took some pictures you can see them at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3482129611472.2168465.1218281768&type=1&l=8e50779fcc
News & Entertainment Magazine was able to grab both Mark Dennis
and Ben Foster prior to the Premiere and they talked to us. You can
see that video on our YouTube Channel: http://youtu.be/E9eq-LGW8eQ
Company: Fosterfilm Productions
Premiere: March 6th, 2012 at the Landmark River Oaks
by: Mark Dennis and Ben Foster
Mark Dennis and Ben Foster
by: Gretchen Upshaw, Terry Melton, Spencer Greenwood, D.J. Castillo,
Photography Mike Simpson
Billy Harvey, Chris Potter, Elle LaMont, Karl Anderson, Olivia
Dragucevich, Daniel Dasent, Phillip Yeager, Gary Chason, Larry
Dodson, Joe Azzato, Diane Bernard, Jenny Anderson, Spencer
Greenwood, Freddy Joe Odiome, Cheryl Bliss, Tony Bottorf, Steve
Muccini and Jack Lee.