DETAILS Conceived and created in two weeks (7/8/08 - 7/22/08), then subsequently reworked into a Director's Cut, "The Observer" premiered on May 16th, 2009 at Boston Film Night, at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA.
"The Observer" takes you inside the fractured mind and life of Martin -- a lonely man whose world came undone two years ago in a fateful incident at a diner.
Having been spat out by the judicial and mental-health systems, Martin is a lost soul, living inside his own thoughts... thoughts that have grown frustratingly unreliable.
Therapy from the beautiful Riva Markov promises him a path back to the intellectual clarity he prizes above all else.
The film has an intimate, slow-burn feel, as Martin sorts through his clouded recollections, under Riva's sure-handed guidance. Yet, in a single session the questions are shockingly answered, and the healing can commence.
Actor / co-producer / co-writer Dennis Hurley gives a textured and true performance that makes Martin positively indelible.
Masha Banar as Riva proves to be a fascinating "observer" in her own right, with an economy of gesture and an undeniable appeal. She is achingly patient with Martin, but with the probing precision of a Russian chess master.
A cast of colorful characters shows us the world of the diner as Martin remembers it -- and ultimately as it was.
I do hope you'll enjoy the first feature film created by Justin Fielding and Castparty Productions.
Martin - Dennis Hurley
Dr. Riva Markov - Masha Banar
Charles - Christian Anthony
Terence - Ken Breese
Reginald - Alex Hauck
Susan - Cat Miller
Andy - Robert Rivas
Mother - Chris Holliday
Catherine - Autumn Gillette
Claudia - Amanda Hurley
Hunter - Vincent Tranfaglia
Director - Justin Fielding
Producers - Justin Fielding / Dennis Hurley / Seth Howland
Director of Photography - Matt Walczak
Cinematographer - John Koziol
Sound Recording and Music - Kevin Hammer
Special Effects - Matthew Martino
Animation and Visual Effects - Kevin Hammer and Gideon Ansell
Writers - Justin Fielding / Kevin Hammer / Dennis Hurley
Story - Justin Fielding / Rebecca Fielding / Daren Hammer / Kevin Hammer / Dennis Hurley
Editors - Justin Fielding / Rebecca Fielding / John Koziol / Matt Walczak
Production Assistants - Bobby Fielding / Rebecca Fielding
Special Thanks To:
Peter Vaillancourt and everyont at Val's Restaurant - North Andover, MA
Wollaston Congregational Church
Boston Police Department
North Andover Police Department
Will Luera and everyone at ImprovBoston
Safa Sadeghpour and everyone at New Film Nation