Easy Life is a movie I filmed with my friends from college, back in 2011 right after graduation. We shot it in three months for $2500. Once I wrapped up, I took off to Los Angeles with some of the cast and crew. We had to edit and re-do all the sound around our regular day jobs. It took three years to finish putting it together. But today it is available and I hope you watch it and share it with your friends. The story is about a bored valet driver who feels that he needs to escape. He auditions for a reality TV show called EASY LIFE expecting complete redemption. It’s a dark comedy. It’s not for everyone but I certainly believe it is worth watching. I really love the cast personally and professionally, they are some of the greatest people. Three years later they are still some of my closest friends. Bardia Mattin, Jessica Flores, Juan Figueroa, Heather Pauley, Bobby Hayworth, Patrick Sane, Terry White, AnnMarie Giaquinto, Evan King, Megan Few, Sergio Flores, and Brandon Alan Makovy. The characters, all of them, make the film as funny as it is. While some of them are on television on such shows as Breaking Bad, others are still finding their path. Your support would certainly help those who are still searching by giving them exposure.
Personally, I’d love to keep directing movies my way, filming what I truly feel at the time even if it means having to do it around a day job. I love every aspect of it from writing to editing and composing music, it’s an obsession of mine. I will always find a way to be involved in every part of the process. Once I’m absorbed in the process it’s hard to judge my audiences reaction. All I can do is what I feel at that time. That’s pretty much all I can say about Easy Life, that it was what I felt at the time. I don’t really know if it’s good or bad (I can’t really be objective about it) but I know at least a few people feel what I was feeling then. Given what I know today I would shoot something different, but you learn something new everyday, so I guess that’s to be expected. Easy Life is my first feature film and it is a project that took patience and time and I’m very proud of having finished it. I do plan to continue filming for a long time and your support will help me undertake and fund better and more ambitious projects.
It only costs $4.99 to watch the movie and if you get an account on Distrify and share the video url you can make money as well; 10% of the earnings gets distributed between affiliates. The rest of the money will be used pay everyone that was involved in the process and fund future projects.
Hope you enjoy it,
Matty is a valet driver who feels that his only way out of his “miserable life” (smoking weed and parking cars all day) is by getting into a reality show called “EASY LIFE”. Will Matty make the cut? will his ex-girlfriend want him to stay after finding out she is pregnant? will his ex-girlfriend’s step sister ever tell him that she is also pregnant with his baby? Will life ever get any easier?
Easy Life is about us. As young people we face a grim job market and like Matty we are insecure about our future. It’s hard to dream today. if we tune in to the political discussions all we hear about is jobs, without any question as to whether people actually enjoy those jobs, as if people’s only objective is to work and make money so that they can then buy consumer products to stimulate the economy. In that context Matty is a hero simply because he dreams. He wants something he can’t yet grasp, and he is willing to embrace uncertainty in order to achieve his vision. Matty is a hero to us the creators of Easy Life because we grew up coddled (unlike him none of us impregnated two women at the same time) and yet we struggle to let go. We have to achieve something every moment because we cannot accept a vision grander than ourselves. We cannot give ourselves up to Fate. Our lives are a series of disconnected moments. There is no unifying thread because we want to strongly weave our own
destiny. We wanted Matty to transcend that fear, and the fact that his vision is not concrete makes him a powerful example of that transcendence; he is willing to risk everything for just the outline of an idea. He just knows that there is an outline and trusts that behind that outline there is an Idea, a revelation. We do not see whether Matty’s Idea comes to fruition, I don’t believe that we as the writers can even conceive of it (our own Idea is still emerging), but like Matty we are aware that there is something ahead, and that the only way to reach it is by not looking back.
Easy Life emerges from our unwillingness to accept that our life is nothing more than a resume. We do not accept that our aspirations and goals are commodities to be put on for public display; we believe that they are valuable in and of themselves. Matty’s dream is valuable because it is dream, not because it can be accomplished. It is valuable because it allows him to live in a realm beyond failure, where the moment is more valuable than the outcome. By the end of the movie it becomes irrelevant
whether Matty accomplishes his dream; the point is that he found something worth achieving; that he is no longer merely trying to exist. Matty’s goal is our goal we want more than the simple unquestioned existence to which we are so susceptible in today’s era of unbridled consumer culture. We want something more! It sounds clichéd, and that is the challenge (Matty’s and ours): to take those cliches seriously. We are dissatisfied with the life’s we are supposed to live, and we want something beyond that life. We don’t know what we want, if we did the fantasy would be over, we’d be able pick our dream apart and find out there really wasn’t all that much to it. So we’re fine with not knowing, as long as we know one thing: that the dream behind the story is more important than the story itself.
The story of Matty cannot be told without his sidekick Pablo. Pablo is tied to the ground; he just smiles contemptuously and nods whenever Matty comes at him with high-flown fantasies, he doesn’t see the point. Pablo is content with a comfortable existence, and he is a constant reminder to Matty that by going out and exploring he is forsaking the basic human instinct for comfort (Pablo is Sancho Panza compared to Matty’s Don Quijote). Pablo’s relationship to Matty echoes on smaller scale the most
important relationship in our psyche: Real life vs. Our Wildest Dreams.
Juan Figueroa “Pablo”
Heather Jean Pauley “Chloe”
Patrick Sane “Freddy”
Evan King “Chad”
Megan Few “Megan Few”
Enrique J. Caldera
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