Friday, May 01, 2009

"The Big Shot-Caller"

I had not heard of Marlene Rhein's The Big Shot-Caller (Stella Films, 5.15), until last week. But having now seen it, I'm surprised there hasn't been more advance buzz around it.

Based on events from Rhein's own life, and starring her brother, David in a role based on himself The Big Shot-Caller follows a socially awkward, legally blind man who dreams of becoming a salsa dancer as a child, but got sidetracked from his dreams by real life.

It sounds like a run-of-the-mill inspirational follow your dreams story, but it's not. It's witty, clever, and completely charming. Having heard nothing about it until recently, I found it to be a pleasant surprise.

I'll be posting a full review closer to its release, but I wanted to get the word out there. The Big Shot-Caller opens on May 15 at the Quad in NYC, and I recommend it to everyone nearby. I don't want people to be able to ignore it because they haven't heard of it, so I'm getting the word out.

Here's the film's trailer:

15 comments:

Chazz said...

Sounds intriguing. On your recommendation, I will definitely check it out.


Btw, good luck w/ your upcoming performances!

Robert said...

This looks AWESOME!!

Really inspiring, clever, a kind of make you jump up and do something with your life kind of film.

And that it was done by his sister and starring himself is incredible, ... I can't wait to see this!!

Anonymous said...

I agree -BSC IS fun, smart and makes you want to take the leap to try out those salsa classes you have been secretly thinking about. I loved Lianne's snappy dialog - but what I loved more is her hysterical (yet embarrassing) dance moves...the film has real heart.

Neve

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Looks good!

Julissa said...

Aaahhh!!! I got flashbacks of our competitions. I am so proud of you Dave! (And your sister) You've always been so strong and open about sharing your story, so proud and happy for you two.