With the seventh annual Naperville Independent Film Festival almost a month away, Naperville Public Library salutes filmmakers with an upcoming film screening at the library. To gear up for the fest, from Sept. 13 through 20, the library will screen last year’s best director/best actress award-winning film, “It’s Not You, It’s Me.”
The movie will be shown from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. I haven’t had the chance to see the movie, but I watched the trailer for this comedy, and it’s pretty funny. It’s about a self-proclaimed commitment-phobe who wrestles with relationship anxiety.
I can’t relate to the main character, since I have always been lucky in a long-term relationship, but I’ve seen enough break-up movies to cringe at the line: “It’s not you, it’s me.” That phrase is one that really triggers rage from those who get dumped.
I remember the “Seinfeld” episode when George Costanza’s girlfriend gives him the boot.
“You’re giving me the ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ routine?” Costanza asks. “I invented ‘it’s not you, it’s me.’”
And just like Costanza’s clever quip, actress Vivica A. Fox, who plays the voice in the head of the girl getting dumped in the independent film, also delivers a funny one-liner.
“The best way to get over a man is with another one,” the actress says.
Karen Glazik, who helps put on Naperville Independent Film Festival, interviewed the film’s director Nathan Ives last year. She said the film really speaks to those who’ve had their hearts broken but with a comedic twist.
“Every single actor in this film is a quality actor — topnotch,” Glazik said. “Whether on screen for two minutes or 20 minutes.”
During the library’s Aug. 21 screening, Glazik said independent movie lovers will learn about this September’s film fest, which will have a new screening location at AMC Showplace off Route 59. Other locations where the films will be shown include North Central College and Center Stage Theater in Naperville.
“We are excited to also have it in a new venue,” Glazik said. “We have an opening night with a party afterwards. The closing night is the awards ceremony. They roll out the red carpet.”
Glazik said it’s important to support independent filmmakers who don’t have big film studio budgets because a lot of great movies stem from the independent film industry.
“There’s a lot of creative, talented people out there,” she said. “It takes a lot of money and a lot of people to make a film happen. Independent filmmakers don’t have the film budget. They have to plan it more carefully and be more detail oriented to get it accomplished.”
“It’s Not You, It’s Me” is not officially rated, but it is recommended as an R rating because of language and sexual content. To see this year’s film fest line-up and trailers, go to naperfilmfest.org.Tags: movies, Naperville Independent Film Festival, Naperville Public Library