APPENDAGE MOVIE REVIEW
A young fashion designer seems fine on the surface but secretly struggles with debilitating self-doubt. Pfft, been there. That’s the life of any creative person. What else ya got, movie? Ah, well, soon these buried feelings begin to make Hannah physically sick and sprout into a ferocious growth on her body: The Appendage. Aaaaand there’s the twist. Body horror manifestation of anxieties. David Cronenberg would be proud. As Hannah’s health declines, The appendage grows more powerful and begins to fuel her fears, her perceived lack of talent at work, her deteriorating relationships with her boyfriend and best friend and her parents’ lack of love and understanding. At her breaking point, Hannah makes a shocking discovery – there are others out there like her. Mindy, Lewyane, and T.C. dissect the good and the bad of this concept, peeling back the skin of it and deciding what narrative and allegorical protrusions thrive and which should be immediately detached and cauterized at the stump.
DIRECTED BY: Anna Zlokovic
STARRING: Hadley Robinson, Emily Hampshire, Kausar Mohammed, Brandon Mychal Smith, Desmin Borges, Deborah Rennard, Pat Dortch, Craig Kolkebeck, Robert Stevens Wayne, Annie Pisapia, Daniel Chioco, Sheila Jenkins, Ashley Rose Folino, Carrie Stauber, Adam Butterfield, Tristan Turner, Carson Hebblethwaite
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
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