Reviewed at Palm Springs Film Festival, Jan. 14, 2000. Running time: 69 MIN.
With: Katherine Brooks, Karen Klopfenstein, Sean Carlos Larkin, Ashley Turner , Richard Mitrano, Doug Sinclair.
An ultra-low-budget romantic comedy about a pair of women filmmakers who unexpectedly fall for each other, “Outtakes” has already made the rounds of gay and lesbian fests, with more to come, but pic isn’t high-profile enough to make much of a mark outside that demographic.
Cassy (writer-helmer Katherine Brooks), a hot young indie filmmaker and lesbian Casanova, beds all her leading ladies but has never been in love. While making her latest feature, she finds herself falling hard for her assistant director, Lauren (Karen Klopfenstein). But Lauren, who’s straight, initially resists Cassy’s overtures. Against the backdrop of a production that threatens to fall apart at any minute, Cassy and Lauren overcome their differences and learn to love each other. “Outtakes” has some redeeming features, including well-chosen Nancy Sinatra tunes and feisty performances by Brooks and members of the supporting cast. But ultimately the conversion story feels too familiar. Lenser Jennifer Lane’s handheld camera and frequent close-ups are dizzying, the grainy images discomfiting and the tempo awfully plodding for what should have been a brisk 70-minute ride.