Breakfast with Curtis Debuts at Cable Car

Local indie filmmaker Laura Colella returns to Providence this weekend, to show her feature film Breakfast With Curtis at the Cable Car Cinema.

Local indie filmmaker Laura Colella returns to Providence this weekend, to show her feature film Breakfast With Curtis at the Cable Car Cinema. The film, which won a "Best Feature" award at last year's Rhode Island International Film Festival, has been traveling the world, with Colella and various cast members in tow. She's been to Vancouver, Los Angeles, Glasgow, New Zealand, and dozens of places in between, picking up more awards and tons of critical acclaim along the way.

Breakfast With Curtis tells the story of an assortment of eccentric Providence neighbors and how their lives intersect during one special summer. Hollywood director Paul Thomas Anderson was among those who were charmed by the film, which was created with virtually no budget by Colella, working from her own script with her friends and neighbors as the cast. "I absolutely love it," Anderson said. "You've never seen anything like it. It's a smile from beginning to end."

Those of us in Providence can catch the film on the big screen weeks before it opens in New York and Los Angeles. "It's also going to get a wider release, in at least 10 other cities," Colella said. "After that, it will be available online, at sites like iTunes and Netflix, in mid-January." Colella took a break from teaching at RISD while touring with the film, but has continued to teach a screenwriting course at Brown. She's also on the faculty of a new non-resident graduate film program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The Cable Car debut, complete with cast Q&A, is set for Fri., Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are for sale now online. More showings, and more cast appearances, will be scheduled. Check the website for the latest updates, and check out the film's Facebook page for more news.

'Breakfast With Curtis' Trailer from The Playlist on Vimeo.