In Search of Fellini

Synopsis: A shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him.
Director(s): Taron Lexton
Production: AMBI Distribution
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93 min

[church bell tolls]

[whip cracks]


[Woman] The rabbit hole dipped

suddenly down... [chains rattling]

...down, down, down.

[man speaking in Italian]

The beautiful confusion...

[man] Lucy!


[Kerri] We all have to grow

up... eventually.

My sister Claire, however,

did not agree.

[indistinct conversations]

She was a normal kid

except somehow

never stopped believing

in magic and fairy tales

and true love,

which basically made her

a magnet for creeps.

Get off me!

Yeah, ouch.


we were super popular.

Except not really.

I was never what you'd call

a sweet child,

and Claire...

Claire had problems.

But we Cunninghams

always had one thing in common:

we didn't give a sh*t

about what other people

thought about us.

[man on television]

Farewell. Farewell.

But Claire kept on dreaming,

and as we all know,

you should never dream


Lucy Jean Cunningham.


From that moment on,

Claire had one purpose:

to keep Lucy safe

from anything and anyone.

Yep, even me.

[man on television]

You want the moon?

Just say the word

and I'll throw a lasso

around it and pull it down.


that's a pretty good idea.

I'll give you the moon,


I'll take it.

"But I don't want to go among

mad people," Alice remarked.

[Kerri] Okay, so I know every

parent lies to their kids,

Santa Claus, and whatnot,

but Claire took it

to a whole new level.

She made sure nothing bad

happened to anyone,

not even the goldfish,

who mysteriously left one day

for the Great Barrier Reef.

Or Dorothy,

who departed suddenly

to become a competitive

goat herder.

Or Grandpa Peter,

who stopped visiting

and calling

but never stopped writing.

I don't know how much

of this crap Lucy believed.

But she went with it.

And they lived

happily ever after.

Oh, except for one

little problem.

[boys] Hey, Lucy!




This is like...

this is a boring part, hold on.

[Kerri] The problem with

boys is that they're idiots.

[boy] You farted!


[Kerri] They were only ever

interested in one thing...

I see your butt crack!

...and it wasn't Lucy.

There was one boy, though.

I called him Ears.

Lucy fell in love...


But it didn't last.

[thunder rumbles]

Claire made it right.

In the end,

they were happy.


how many can say that?

There was no reason

to do anything else.

They always had time.



Does my butt look big

from that angle?



[singing indistinctly]

[Kerri] Did you ever discuss

her going to college?

[Claire] Yeah,

but she just didn't want to go.

She didn't want to go,

or you didn't want her to go?

I want her to do something that

she's really passionate about.

Your real life is in

your dreams, anyway.

I'm sorry,

what was that?

[muffled] Your real life

is in your dreams.

I think I read that

on a coffee mug.

[man on television] This is a

very interesting situation!

[woman on television]

Please give me my robe!

[man on television]

[Claire coughing]

a situation like this

every day.

[woman on television]

I'd like to have my robe!

[man on television]

Not in Bedford Falls anyway.

[woman squeals on television]


Requires a little thought here.

[woman on television]

Give me my robe!

It's fairly far along.

[door closes]

Knock knock!

Oh, hey, Claire.


another dead goldfish?


What happened?

Come on, what's the matter?


[man on television] Mary, I know

what I'm going to do tomorrow

and the next day and next year

and a year after that.

I'm shaking the dust of this

crummy little town off my feet,

and I'm gonna see the world!

Italy, Greece, the Parthenon,

the Colosseum...

[Kerri] How's she gonna take

care of herself?

[Claire] I don't know.


Do you have any savings?




Okay, um, so she's 20.

She's never had a boyfriend.

She's never left home.

She's never had a job.

You guys just pretend

you're on a cloud...

[Claire] Okay, you're supposed to be

helping me here. ...watching movies?

[man on television]

Why don't you kiss her

How's that?

[man on television] Why don't you kiss

her instead of talking her to death?!

Want me to kiss her, huh?

[man on television] Oh, youth

is wasted on the wrong people!


Does she have any skills?

[Claire] Yes.

[Kerri] All she talks about is

her dreams and her fantasies.

You've created kind of

a f***ed-up situation.

Lawn mowing.

She mowed the lawn.


I think I remember that.

I think she was afraid

of the lawnmower.

I'm sorry, honey,

it's not funny.

It's not funny.

[Claire crying] I don't know

what she's gonna do.

Alright, who would

hire a 20-year-old

that still acts like

a 13-year-old?

[Claire] I wouldn't.

Claire, you pretty much...

you f***ed it.


You're gonna help her, right?


We'll get her into college.

What she needs

is a f***ing life.

[man on television] The chance

of a lifetime, you hear?

The chance of a lifetime!

[woman on television] He says

it's the chance of a lifetime,

[man on television]

Now you listen to me,

I don't want any plastics,

and I don't want

any ground floors,

and I don't want to get

married ever to anyone!

You understand that?

I want to do what I want to do.

And you're...

"Do you love movies?

We sure do.

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Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Jean Cartwright (born October 25, 1957) is an American actress, voice actress and comedian, known for her long-running role as Bart Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. Cartwright also voices other characters for the show, including Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney and Database. Cartwright was born in Dayton, Ohio. Cartwright moved to Hollywood in 1978 and trained alongside voice actor Daws Butler. Her first professional role was voicing Gloria in the animated series Richie Rich, which she followed with a starring role in the television movie Marian Rose White (1982) and her first feature film, Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). After continuing to search for acting work, in 1987, Cartwright auditioned for a role in a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family that was to appear on The Tracey Ullman Show. Cartwright intended to audition for the role of Lisa Simpson, the middle child; when she arrived at the audition, she found the role of Bart—Lisa's brother—to be more interesting. Matt Groening, the series' creator, allowed her to audition for Bart and offered her the role on the spot. She voiced Bart for three seasons on The Tracey Ullman Show, and in 1989, the shorts were spun off into a half-hour show called The Simpsons. For her subsequent work as Bart, Cartwright received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992 and an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in the Field of Animation in 1995. Besides The Simpsons, Cartwright has also voiced numerous other animated characters, including Daffney Gillfin in The Snorks, Rufus in Kim Possible, Mindy in Animaniacs, Pistol in Goof Troop, Margo Sherman in The Critic, Todd Daring in The Replacements, and Charles "Chuckie" Finster, Jr. in Rugrats and All Grown Up! (a role she assumed in 2002, following the retirement of Christine Cavanaugh). In 2000, she published her autobiography, My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy, and four years later, adapted it into a one-woman play. In 2017, she wrote and produced the film In Search of Fellini. more…

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