Director, Writer: Michael Traeger
Cast: Jeff Bridges, William Fichtner, Ted Danson, Tim Blake Nelson, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Studio: First Look International
The reason why I have come to love and enjoy independent filmmaking so much is because risks are taken. No one is there for the money or to get famous. They simply want to take a wicked idea, make it into an solid film, and get it out to the public. THE AMATEURS is one of many examples that goes to show when someone is driven about a project, it'll eventually have it's 15 minutes.
Jeff Bridges stars as Andy Sargentee, a guy who is down on his luck, broke, and desperate to make money fast. We learn early in the film that Andy's wife has left him because he can't keep a stable job. He lives in the small town of Butterface Field, where boredom is a staple of daily life. Andy is known to come up with get rich quick schemes, and now he thinks he found the easiest way: "I'm gonna make a porno film!" he claims and everything that could possibly go wrong with making this film happen does. (more...)