In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Synopsis: On New Year's Eve, Wilson, a twenty-nine-year old guy has just had the worst year of his life. He emigrated to Los Angeles, has no date, no concrete plans and every intention of locking the doors and forgetting the last year ever happened. That is until his best friend, Jacob, browbeats him into posting a personal ad on Craig's List. When Vivian, a strong-willed woman hell bent on being with the right guy at the stroke of midnight responds, a chaotic, sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching journey through the black and white streets of L.A. begins. In the waning hours of the year, emotional vulnerability and bitterly honest humor seem to be waiting around every corner.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Alex Holdridge
Production: IFC First Take
  4 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

(# "Paradise with You"

by Hot Club of Downtown)

(man) The midnight kiss.

It's not just another kiss.

It's all the hope of romance of the year

culminating in just one moment.

And that overhyped kiss,

in which there is so much calling, texting,

IMing, planning, hurrying, drinking

to make happen,

is all set at a moment

when time itself takes center stage,

when you can feel the weight

of the year to come,

mixed with the loneliness and missed

opportunities of the years gone by.

For years,

I used to work at a video store,

and on New Year's, I would always deal

with what I thought were my people -

those broken-hearted souls that hated

the whole pageantry of the night,

the ones who wanted to quietly

and privately wallow in self-pity,

getting drunk on the fictional romance

and heartbreak of others.

That was me -

the lonely, hunkered-down type,

waiting for the night to blow over.

But some times are so low, you can

no longer follow that routine anymore.

(# "Paradise with You"

by Hot Club of Downtown continues)


- Oh, jeez, I'm sorry,

- God! I didn't know you guys were here,

- It's all right, Don't worry about it,

- I thought you guys were at Min's house,

Yeah, we got home early,

- Don't worry about it, It's OK, man,

- I'm really embarrassed,

Don't be, Everybody jerks off,

It's natural,

I had no idea you guys were even here,

We just got home at four, Don't even worry

about it, man, It's, uh, you know...

Hey, what the f*ck is this?

No, i-i-it's...

Oh, f*ck!

- It's that Min?

- No, it's nothing!

I'll explain that in a second,

Just don't go in there,

- It looks just like her,

- No, it's not Min,

- Well, what is this?

- I'll explain in a second,

Hey, Min, get in here,

I need to ask you a question,

- No, no! Come on! Jacob...

- What is that? Is that you?

(Wilson) God! No, Jacob!

Come on, man!

- Is that you?

- No,

What do you mean? That's definitely you!

That's not you?

- No, that...

- Are you sure that's not you?

(Min) No, it's not,

- (Jacob) Positive?

- (Min) It's not me!

Just give it to me straight,

If that's you... It doesn't matter,


(# "Paradise with You"

by Hot Club of Downtown continues)

I'm a worthless piece of shit

that should just die and not be buried,

I can't even get a job in this town,

- You just need to get laid,

- I'm trying!

Hitting on the girl at the grocery store when

you buy your tub of Chunky Monkey?

You don't see it, You're not around,

I put myself out there,

All you've done is sit around, eat ice cream

and fucking smoke bong after bong,

You haven't even looked for work, man,

If you just wanna sit there and stare

out the window and smoke your cigarettes,

jack off to pictures of my girlfriend

on New Year's, be my guest,

Jacob, leave him alone,

I thought it was sweet,

Oh, God,

You thought it was sweet

that he jacked off to pictures of you?

- I thought it was really flattering,

- You are the cutest thing in the world,

Oh, my God!

- Ohh, God, What is this?

- (giggles)

- We can give him some more material,

- Stop kissing me,

I'm gonna go check my email,

- Dude, quit!

- OK,

(man) Well, it's just the whole world

that I find depressing right now,

Just the wars and the lies

and Columbine and George Bush...

(Jacob) Columbine was ten years ago!

(man) I'm just saying,

there's so much hatred and violence,

(Jacob) If you really wanna meet

somebody pretty and cool, you can do that,

All you gotta do, my friend,

is put an ad up on the Craigslist,

I don't know, The whole online dating thing

is a little too pathetic for me,

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Alex Holdridge

Alex Holdridge is an American writer/director currently based in Berlin, Germany.CURRENT PRODUCTIONS (2015) Meet Me in Montenegro, is a cynical romance in which he co-wrote and co-directed with the Norwegian filmmaker Linnea Saasen. They filmed in several countries (U.S., Germany, Montenegro, England, Macedonia) in stages between 2011 and 2015. It made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 where it was acquired by The Orchard for release in north America in summer of 2015. The film was fully completed in March 2015 and has been making its European festival premiers in 2015 at Edinburgh International Film Festival, Munich Film Festival, Krakow's Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, Tromsø International Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival,. The U.S. and Canadian release in cinemas and VOD for the summer. The film Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen as well as Rupert Friend, Jennifer Ulrich. The film is fun globe-trotting romance inspired by Holdridge and Saasens real life exeprience. Frank and Cindy is a screenplay he co-wrote with GJ Echternkamp that is also in post-production and will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2015. It was directed by Echternkamp and stars Rene Russo, Oliver Platt, Johnny Simmons, Jane Levy and Marc Maron. It is a fictional adaptation of the documentary 'Frank and Cindy, about the 80s pop band OXO and its base player, Frank and his life partner Cindys life, 30 years later. HISTORY Late 90's Austin Holdridge began making movies in the early 2000s in Austin, Texas. The film culture and life in Austin shaped his moviemaking. His first full length film, Wrong Numbers, was a low-budget comedy about two 18-year-old guys who set out to forget their girlfriend troubles and buy a six pack on the last night of school. The movie stars Scoot McNairy, Matt Bearden, Matt Pulliam, Kirsten Cunnington and David Pratt. It was co-written by Sam Merrick. It's a comedy of misadventures about these two best friends on a night from hell as they are stuck roaming Austin Texas with a car full of people they don't want to be with. The movie won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival in 2001 and Alex was hired to do a studio remake of the film. This remake never came to fruition, however. In 2003 Alex wrote and directed, Sexless. It won both the jury and audience awards at the 2003 South by Southwest Film Festival. It is a sex comedy about twenty-something couples' last month in Austin, Texas. Afeterwards, Alex moved to Los Angeles to pursue the studio remake of Wrong Numbers that never came to fruition. In 2008 Holdridge wrote, directed and produced In Search of a Midnight Kiss, a romantic comedy which was listed by the National Board of Review as one of the Top 10 Independent Films of 2008. Holdridge won the 2008 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award for work on the film. The film starred Scoot McNairy and Sara Simmonds, and was the third collaboration with McNairy and the second with Simmonds. The film was shot by Austin cinematographer, Robert Murphy, who also worked on Wrong Numbers and went on to shoot Alexs next film, Meet Me in Montenegro. more…

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