AN AMERICAN IN AMSTERDAM
An American in Amsterdam mixes real-life tourists coming to Amsterdam with actors in their role and a few Dutch characters to form an original comedy. The story is about an American woman, Shirley, who has been in Europe too long and tries to avoid deportation by directing a reality show. Shirley is in her early 50's and only likes younger men after having her heart broken too many times by men her age. There is a funny chase to get the young editor who is working on the reality production. At night, Marcia and Shirley hilariously let loose by getting high in coffee shops and drinking in different bars.
SynopsisBardo Blues is the story of a man coming to grips with tragedy by escaping to paradise. Set in Thailand, Bardo Blues follows Jack as he struggles to learn the truth about the mother that abandoned him and his own reason for existing. Weaving spiritual awakenings and soulful struggle, Bardo Blues will leave you questioning everything you think you know about who you are, where you came from and where you're going.
Director's StatementMarcia Kimpton, director, writer, producer, and actress in Bardo Blues, describes the inspiration behind the film: “I spent a year and a half writing the story with Anthony Taylor. It’s a very personal story about me being an artist, about depression, and about my brother being an artist and dealing with mental illness. This is a semi-autobiographical story, and I knew I had to shoot in Thailand because I loved the landscape, the people, the food, and Buddhism. So I went over to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai for location scouting and to look for Thai actors because I wanted an 'East Meets West' multicultural film.” Marcia is proud to bring this film to life as it touches on issues close to home because the story is inspired by her brother’s real-life struggles with mental illness.
Film CreditsDirected by Marcia Kimpton Mark Haining (co-director) Justin McAleece (co-director) Written by Marcia Kimpton Anthony Taylor Mark Haining (additional writer) Justin McAleece (additional writer) Jason Shamai (additional writer) Produced by Marcia Kimpton Aunchalee Burkhart (associate producer) Eric M. Klein (consulting producer) Justin McAleece (co-producer)
AwardsAmsterdam International Filmmaker Festival, 2018 Winner Festival Award Best Film Around International Film Festival, 2018 Winner Jury Award Best Cinematography Flicks Film Festival, 2018 Winner Best Supporting Actress Fusion Film Festival, 2019 Winner Festival Award Best Supporting Actress LA Femme International Film Festival, 2018 Winner LA Femme Filmmaker Award Best Director Los Angeles Film Awards, 2019 Winner Festival Award Best Editing Best Original Story Best Mystery Film Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, 2018 Winner LAIFF August Award Best CinematographyBest Feature Film Best Editing Best Actor Best Actress Los Angeles Women's International Festival, 2018 Winner Festival Prize Best Feature Oregon International Film Awards, US 2018 Winner Platinum Award Narrative Film Competition Red Dirt International Film Festival, US 2019 Winner Red Dirt Trophy Best Lead ActorTop Indie Film Awards 2018 Winner Top Indie Film Award Best CinematographyWorld of Film International Festival Glasgow, 2018 Winner Festival Prize Best Film Yes! Let's Make A Movie Film Festival, 2018 Winner Laurel Award Best Film