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You Hurt My Feelings

Director: Steve Collins
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
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Screening Info:
Saturday, November 12
7:00 PM
City Stage Theater
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Anish Savjani
Jonathan Silberberg
John Merriman, Courtney Davis, Macon Blair
Children and nature shine in this off-beat love story. At the center is Johnny, a stout, lumberjack-looking bachelor played by John Merrimann. After his ex-girlfriend takes up with his doppelganger, Merriman's character - a male nanny - tries to win her back. Over four seasons in New England, the film tracks the growth of the relationship as Johnny's emotional problems sabotage his attempts to put together a family like the one he takes care of. A drama with the humor of spring and the sorrow of winter, You Hurt My Feelings speaks with the honesty of a child about people struggling to let go of darkness in the pursuit of love.

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Director Bio:
Steve Collins wrote and directed the feature film GRETCHEN, which won Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2006. GRETCHEN was picked up for distribution by the Sundance Channel and Watchmaker Films. It was an expansion of his short film, GRETCHEN AND THE NIGHT DANGER, which won the shorts competition at SXSW in 2005. He studied film at Wesleyan University and received an MFA in film production from UT-Austin. While in grad school, he directed the short film LONELYLAND, which was also purchased by the Sundance Channel. Collins has taught filmmaking at UT-Austin, a therapeutic boarding school and Wesleyan University, where he presently heads the film production division. Collins lives with his wife and two daughters in Connecticut.

With filmscience, Anish Savjani has produced eleven feature films: Kelly Reichardt’s MEEK’S CUTOFF, WENDY AND LUCY and OLD JOY; Joe Swanberg’s ALEXANDER THE LAST, NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS and HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS; Steve Collins’ YOU HURT MY FEELINGS and GRETCHEN; Geoff Marslett’s MARS; Bob Byington’s HARMONY AND ME; and Spencer Parsons’ I’LL COME RUNNING. These films have been nominated by Film Independent for three Spirit Awards, and they’ve screened at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Venice. Additionally, Anish was the recipient of the Producers Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. filmscience currently has a number of projects by emerging and established independent filmmakers in production and development, including a new documentary from Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher.