is No Place Like
by The Blonde and
Lawrence David Foldes' critically acclaimed,
award-winning feature Finding Home kicked off its
national theatrical release in South Florida. (How cool
is that, Florida moviegoers?) This compelling story is
about Amanda, a young woman portrayed by Lisa Brenner
(The Patriot and Diary of Ellen Rimbauer) and her
struggles to reclaim her life and love as she unravels
the mysteries of her family's turbulent past. Finding
Home is truly a beautiful and poignant tale about
forgiveness, reconciliation, and redemption. Sometimes,
no matter how hard you try, you can't escape the buried
past and unanswered memories.
childhood, Amanda has been haunted by the traumatic
experience of being taken away from her grandmother
Esther, elegantly played by Louise Fletcher (One Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and the beautiful bed and
breakfast inn in Maine that she loved dearly. Through
flashbacks of fragmented memories, the events of her
childhood that tore her family apart begin to emerge.
Old feelings, secrets, betrayal, and unanswered
questions come to the surface which make Amanda take a
deep look at her life and values. She learns the real
truth about her rather cruel mother Grace, played by
Jeanetta Arnette (Boy's Don't Cry), and the conflicts
Grace shared with her grandmother. The one who pulls the
tale and secrets all together and helps Amanda
understand the truth is Katie the innkeeper, exquisitely
acted by Geneviève Bujold (Anne of the Thousand Days).
Amanda's current boyfriend Nick, (Johnny Messner),
pushes Amanda so hard that she’s forced to confront the
truth about her past best friend Dave, (Misha Collins),
who she was led to believe harmed her as a child. (You
can't believe everything ya hear!) Also aiding Amanda in
this journey through her past is her dear friend
Candace, (Sherri Saum), who has a hidden secret of her
own. Oh, the webs we weave! The story unfolds like a
beautiful, old-fashioned film in a modern-day way.
Go and see Finding Home as it might force
you to take a little pause from your own life, and help
YOU find YOUR own HOME!
Blonde: Finding Home “had me at hello!” Every once in a
while, a very sweet, charming, gem of a movie comes by
and THIS is one of those gems. You can just sit back,
stop your world and problems (what a pleasure this is)
and walk into the world of this movie. It was like
Prince of Tides meets The Notebook meets The Upside of
Anger meets a great gothic novel. This film is
intelligent, sensitive, emotional, poetically written,
well edited and beautifully directed. Even the music
(Titanic-esque at times) enhances each and every scene.
This film dives into the complex world of all types of
relationships, ranging from mothers and daughters and
grandmothers to girlfriends, women and men. (It's a
pleasure knowing it's not just US having do deal with
problems in our relationships). Speaking of
relationships, Maven, is it true, the gossip that Oprah
and Stedman have a daughter?
Maven: If it's true, she darn sure hid it well! Back to
the film…Not expecting much from a film in a limited
release at this time, from an independent film director
and with a not quite A-list of actors, I was very close
to strangling the Blonde when she told me I had less
than 24 hours to see this movie, as we were going to
meet the director and the producer in person for dinner.
Having said that, I am happy to report that Finding Home
is a gem among paste jewelry, a diamond among
rhinestones, a tiara among dead weeds, a…
Blonde: Okay! Cut it out with the metathrees and move it
Maven: Fine! And the word is metaphors! All of the
actors should be considered A-list, as I didn't want to
leave them behind. They all brought their characters to
life in such a complete way that I want to visit with
them again. Do you think Genevieve Bujold really makes
Blonde: No, and actually, I don't care! If she could
make me a Starbucks latte to go with that apple crisp,
THEN I would be interested. Only you would think about
the food and miss the gorgeous scenery!
Maven: I agree with all that, but you have to admit the
food looked delicious. Speaking of food, I go to Wendy's
all the time and I NEVER found anything that I could
make money off of.
Blonde: Well, you aren't clever enough to find random
fingers or toes and put them in your chili! Not a bad
idea that lady in Vegas pulled. That's even better than
Julie Andrews (in Victor/Victoria) putting the bug in
Maven: At least Julie picked an expensive restaurant!
Blonde: TOUCHE! ANYWAY, I just loved Louise Fletcher in
this film. It was a joy seeing her on screen again. She
is simply wonderful. Lisa Brenner as Amanda was
mesmerizing in each and every scene. The camera loves
her. This movie will definitely promote her as a leading
actress. The boyfriend brought back too many memories of
too many of my bad boyfriends. Speaking of bad memories,
let's talk about weddings. Ya know that accused child
molester Mary K. Laterno and her young boyfriend Vili
are going to be married soon? Are we invited, by the
way? Instead of rice, we can throw lollipops. I don't
know what is up with Camilla, when even Mary gets her
wedding gown designed for her exclusively by a famous
London designer, and she ain't marrying NO PRINCE (OR A
GROWN-UP MAN for that matter)!
Maven: Blonde, who are you to judge? Neither your
choices in grooms nor your expensive, well-designed
wedding gowns (with the exception of your first one)
worked out well for you. Moving along, my favorite scene
is when Amanda is reading her grandmother's diary and
the room reverts slowly back in time along with the
story. Now THAT was attention to detail. Everything was
so beautifully done and seemed to be captured in
Blonde: That aspect reminded me of the film Somewhere in
Time. What was also fascinating about this film was the
usage of color, scene transitions, close-ups, clever
camera shots, and attention to every single detail of
each scene. Furthermore, the flashbacks were done subtly
so that the viewer doesn't get confused like they do
with most flashbacks in a film. Ya know, Maven, it
always surprises me, come Oscar time, how they nominate
the Best Actors and Actresses in a category without
nominating the director of the film. Actors DON'T direct
themselves. I have seen great actors look bad and bad
actors look good (because of the genius or lack thereof)
because of the director. Which brings me to my
Maven: OH, PLEASE DO GET TO IT!
Blonde: Director Lawrence Foldes brought the very best
performances out of each person in the cast (INCLUDING
THE DOG)! His sensitive, hands-on directing was very
obvious. Well done!
Maven: I have to mention the dog, as well. So many
movies lately have been unkind to dogs (possibly because
we have been seeing a lot of horror films), that it was
such a pleasure to see a nice family dog behaving well.
No Cujo-like craziness, no zombie scariness, and no
serial killers doing away with a little girl's best
friend. I must add that Grace was a SERIOUS
Blonde: I know! She reminded me so much of my
Maven: AND MY MOTHER!
Blonde: This film really milks the secrets of the
storyline, so don't be in any hurry to find the missing
puzzle pieces. It does turn out to be a terrific puzzle,
however. Mav, didn't you just love the location of this
film and the inn? I want to go there this summer and
Maven: I want to go there too, but not with
Blonde: OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!
Maven: I’m just kidding! However, Blonde, since the inn
in the movie (in reality) is a private home, I think the
owner may deny us a room, but I am sure you still will
give it a try. I was happy to see Jason Miller (Lester
Brownlow) in his last film role. I loved him in The
Exorcist and The Ninth Configuration. I like his son,
the hunky actor Jason Patric, as well. I heard Jason
Miller died onstage rehearsing for a summer play, May
Blonde: THAT IS SO SAD! I too have died onstage
many a times. (ba-dum-dump!) Moving right along, Finding
Home had CLOSURE! CLOSURE! CLOSURE! Note to readers, by
now you know how much I don't like having to finish the
ending of a film on my way home. This film (thank
goodness) does it for us and does it
Maven: Yes, there is closure, but I extremely enjoyed
getting to know these characters that I just wanted to
spend more time with them…ESPECIALLY THE DOG! Since I
liked this film SO MUCH, I won't strangle the Blonde
(THIS TIME). Some movies you don't want to end and this
is one of them. I rate this film a solid B+ for its
brilliant writing, breathtaking cinematography,
beguiling acting and bewitching music.
Blonde: Bewitching…??? Yes, it was magical, but do
you see Samantha Stevens anywhere in this
Maven: NO! And yes, Bewitching… I needed a B word and I
already used Beautiful! Bewitching means alluring, the
music was alluring.
Blonde: Well, SOMETIMES, MAVEN, YOU JUST BEWILDER ME! In
closing, this film can teach us all a lesson or two
about not judging or jumping to conclusions unless we
know the whole picture. I do feel this is more of a
girl's day out film. However, if a man is sensitive and
romantic, then he too will enjoy this relationship/love
story. I too rate it a B+. For your snacking pleasure, I
suggest some popcorn and Sweet Tarts, since this film
has both emotions running through it. P.S. you
WON'T need to bring Kleenex.
Maven: Ya wanna go to Wendy's?
Blonde: Okay, you got my thumbs up!
The Blonde and The Maven Sit
Finding Home Director Lawrence Foldes
and Producer Victoria Paige
two of the nicest, most talented, and humble people we
have ever had the pleasure of meeting are Lawrence
Foldes, director/writer (Malibu High) and his beautiful
wife and producer Victoria Paige Meyerink, which once
again proves the old adage, “The bigger they are, the
nicer they are!” Finding Home, just released (the
multi-Festival-award winning film), marks the 20th
anniversary of this filmmaking duo. Foldes not only
directed this film, but co-wrote it, along with Grafton
Harper. This charming film was a five-year labor of
love. Foldes (better known for his action films), wanted
to do a film that says and means something and would
give a positive message to his fans. The film came at
about the most turbulent time in the filmmakers’ lives.
Victoria, a child star in her own right, was diagnosed
with a serious brain tumor which is thankfully now under
control. This brave and talented film producer has
unfortunately learned and wants people to understand
that, when it comes to medical decisions, you have
choices. Don't be so scared that you immediately go with
the first doctor's opinions. After this most frightening
experience, Lawrence learned that he didn't want his
professional legacy of films to be all fluff and no
substance. He wanted to make films that would touch
people lives, hearts and souls. The team truly wants to
make their MARK in a way that would make a difference.
The Blonde and The Maven asked this very
special film team some personal questions. For
those of you who aspire to a career in films, you may
want to read carefully…
Blonde & Maven: Lawrence, how did you get
started in directing?
Lawrence: It sounds silly, but when I was a
child, my grandfather—who only spoke Hungarian—used to
take me to several films each week and ask me to
translate. When I didn't like the way the story was
written, I would simply make up my own storyline. I
would tell the story my way. That is when I KNEW that I
would spend my life in the film business.
B&M: What film are you MOST proud
Lawrence: Well of course, Finding Home and also
B&M: How did you both meet?
Victoria: At an awards program!
B&M: What inspired you to write this
Lawrence: Victoria and I teach film classes each
summer. One day, a student came up to me with the
initial shell of this story. We really liked it and that
inspired the rest of the story to come about.
B&M: What film venture will you do
Victoria and Lawrence: We are still contemplating
it, but either a story I am writing called Shifting
Sands or a remake of Malibu High.
Who was the most difficult to cast in Finding
Victoria and Lawrence: The house (the bed and
breakfast inn) and location. It took six months looking
for the perfect location. Other than that, the
grandmother was originally cast with Ann Margaret, until
she had an accident.
B&M: What is your approach to
Lawrence: I used to believe in story-boarding
every scene. I found, however, that it was limiting and
I felt too locked in. It never seemed to match up on
location anyway. Now, I get with the actors at a
rehearsal table, reading lines and feelings. Then, I
just let the actors show me what THEY feel and let them
do their own thing. After that, I simply adjust. You
must trust your actors. I don't even care if they
strictly stick to the script, as long as they give the
emotion and honesty. I also put an animal in all my
films and a child, if it is written. Children and
animals are the easiest to direct, as they are natural,
honest and without ego. They display raw emotions.
B&M: How do you feel when a critic doesn't
like your work?
Lawrence and Victoria: It hurts, but people have
different tastes and you can't please everyone. You just
do your best work and please yourself.
B&M: What would you like to tell
Lawrence: The more I have experienced and gone
through in my life—such as relationships, growing up and
pain—the better I have become as a director. Victoria's
illness has made me realize what is important in life.
Victoria: I have come to realize that making
films is about collaboration and team effort. When I
produce a film, I like having a family type of
atmosphere. On the set of Finding Home, the whole cast
and crew would stop every night and watch the beautiful
B&M: You're on a roll, please
Lawrence: Filmmaking is a gift, and we have a
choice of what we do. We can make a superficial film
that says nothing and sells popcorn or we can make a
difference and make a film that says something and has
meaning. I want my films to change people in a positive
way. We can effect people emotionally and communicate
important messages. We hope this film can correct and
promote the mending of relationships of our viewers. Ten
years ago, I would have just said, “I like films that
just let me blow up things!” As you can see, life has
taught me valuable lessons.
Victoria: I want to CONTRIBUTE and bring a
positive light into people's
B&M: Favorite film?
Lawrence: Doctor Zhivago.
Victoria: Cinema Paradesio.
B&M: Last question. What directors inspired
you coming up?
Lawrence: Well, just to name a few,
Franklin Shaffner, David Lear, I think Sidney Pollack is
underrated, George Roy Hill, Sam Peckinpah and Don
there you have it, movie fans. Finding Home is a
touching, heartfelt, honest and stunningly crafted
MUST-SEE FILM. After all, home IS where the HEART is!
Victoria and Lawrence strongly believe in contributing
and giving back, so a portion of the film's proceeds
will be donated to fund further research at the New
England Gamma Knife Center at Rhode Island
1. Shara Rosayn (“The
Maven”), Victoria Paige Meyerink, Lawrence Foldes and
Robin Roth (“The Blonde”)
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