Wed Sep 30, 2015 | 6:30 PM
Hendricks Center for the Arts
Bread and Butter
Directed by Liz Manashil
USA | 1 hr 29 min | 2014
Amelia Karinsky, 30, is a late bloomer who has never had a boyfriend. She works for an eccentric life coach, Dr. Wellburn, who has a doctorate in Scandinavian Literature, but prefers that you call him ‘Doctor’ as if he were a psychiatrist. Dr. Wellburn doesn’t respect boundaries and neither do her parents, who want to control all aspects of her life. Amelia is eager to break free of their overbearing influences.
One day Amelia buys a book at a used bookstore that has pencil scribblings throughout the margins of its pages. She becomes so entranced with whoever annotated the book that she tracks him down. Before she even meets Leonard Marsh, the annotator, Amelia is admittedly in love with him. However, as we get to know him, we learn that what Leonard is actually going through is something very un-magical: clinical depression.
Concurrently, a client of her boss’, Daniel Lodgen, starts to court Amelia. Daniel has the best of intentions, but, because of him, Amelia learns that the concept of a genuine romantic relationship is more frightening than she had imagined. This newfound interest in her, from Daniel and Leonard, forces Amelia to open herself up to the option of being in a relationship and contributes to a growing anxiety regarding ‘The Choice’ of which man to be with.
Bread and Butter is an anti-romantic comedy. It is the story of a lonely person who finally makes a decision to strike out on her own after learning that romance isn’t the only way to fulfill her desires.
Elizabeth Manashil earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A. from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
She has worked under John Morrison of the California Film Institute, Michael Shamberg of Double Feature Films and Adam Goodman at Paramount Film Group.
She works part time for distribution consultant Peter Broderick, and is an on-air film critic for National PBS Broadcast Television and Hulu series, “Just Seen It.” “Bread and Butter” is her feature directorial debut.