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SBIFF

BFFs
updated: Feb 04, 2014, 9:45 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Andrew Putschoegl: Director
Tara Karsian: Writer/Producer/Actress (Kat)
Andrea Grano: Writer/Producer/Actress (Sam)
90 minutes
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SYNOPSIS: Kat and Samantha have been best friends for years. When Samantha convinces a reluctant Kat to take advantage of a couple's weekend retreat by pretending to be lovers, they're hoping for some time by the pool and maybe a few good stories. How hard could it be? Instead, they find themselves immersed in an intensive workshop with real couples who are fighting to save their relationships. As the "Closer to Closeness" weekend progresses, Kat and Samantha are made to face their own shortcomings and, by default, begin to believe their own cover story. When the lines of friendship begin to blur, they are faced with asking themselves: could it actually be there is something there or has this weekend just worked a Jedi mind trick on them?


"Kat" and "Sam"

The two lead characters (who are also the producers and writers) have great comedic banter and have perfected the art of clever bickering and endearing insults. They tackle an common theme of where we draw the line between friendship and romance, however they use less common subjects with two female characters. So often movies use this theme with a man and a woman and it's refreshing to see this played out with the same gender in a comedy setting.

"The idea for BFFs came directly from our relationship as friends," says writer and co-star Tara Karsian ("Kat"). "Andrea and I banter back and forth a lot like a couple and this often ends in Andrea telling me that we need to go to couples therapy. We know couples who have gone to whacky and humiliating therapy weekends only to go right back to the way they were beforehand, so we aren't convinced they work." "We were talking about one of those weekends," says writer and co-star Andrea Grano ("Samantha"). "I joked with Tara and suggested we sign up for one just to have some great stories to tell. Tara thought I would get so caught up in it all that I'd end up believing everything they preached. We went back and forth joking and plotting out how the scenario would unfold if we went pretending to be a couple. Then we thought ‘What if we started believing we were actually in love with each other?' That's when it dawned on us. This was a great idea for a script!" -LB


Director Andrew Putschoegl, Actress/Writer/Producer Andrea Grano, and Actress/Writer/Producer Tara Karsian at the Santa Barbara Film Festival Opening Night.

 

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