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It's the eve of the Las Vegas wedding of his close friend Judy Claymore and Roland Hayes (Bill Mendieta) juggles a host of conflicting emotions while pacing in his hotel room. He is amazed by the arrival of the bride-to-be herself (Jennifer Siebel Newsom), but much unfinished business remains between them.
Their joyful reunion is interrupted by a gruff Delivery Man (Tom Schanley) bearing Roland's order of Chinese food and a truckload of wry observations on women, relationships, and why a Sinatra ballad is ideal for disrupting a wedding ceremony.
Over the course of the weekend Roland is visited -- confronted is probably a better word -- by all the special women from his past in a series of surreal and hilarious vignettes. He grapples with his reluctance to move beyond them and his fears about the future.
In the end he is able to let go of worn-out old dreams and make room for new ones... and for new love.
Till You Get To Baraboo is a feature film written and directed by Emmett Loverde and starring William Mendieta, Tom Schanley, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Genevieve Zweig, and Amanda Noret Reed. The film was produced by Emmett Loverde and Cindy Ware and features the music of David Shepherd Grossman.
"Loverde has managed something I’ve never seen before, taking the pain and hurt of an ended relationship and making it tangible. ... It’s a wonderful movie..." (Brian Morton via Rogue Cinema)
"...the dialogue is extremely well-written and the wordplay can be quite fun..." (Mark Bell via Film Threat)
"Really grand cinematography, very funny and entertaining... good cast of characters and a very refreshing story!" (Velvetini1 via YouTube)
"...funny. And very sweet. ... And very polished." (Dick Bagwell via YouTube)
"One thing I find very annoying in a lot of indie films is the piss poor dialogue and monumental amounts of foul language and tasteless sexual innuendo. [Till You Get To Baraboo] had fantastic dialogue! I found myself rewinding certain parts just because of the clever and well crafted dialogue that got better and better as the film went on. [Emmett Loverde has] an enviable mastery over the craft of conversation and it really, really shows. [The] actors were great, especially the one who plays Irene. She was great! ... I think [Mr. Loverde] should be very, very proud of this achievement. It's done exactly the way a good comedy should be." (Griffith Mehaffey, Writer-Director of Rappaccini's Daughter)
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The Latest News
Bill Mendieta wins Best Actor for "'I Love Lucy' Live"
Star of Baraboo Bill Mendieta won 2011 Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in "'I Love Lucy' Live on Stage" from Broadway World. Congratulations Bill! The show will re-open in Los Angeles this summer and open in Chicago in September.
The origin of the name "Till You Get To Baraboo"
A mention in the San Francisco Chronicle
A mention on Albany Patch
A mention on Haute100
A mention on StudentFilmmakers.com
Watch the Daniel Radcliffe PSA for The Trevor Project shot and edited by "Baraboo" Director Emmett Loverde
Article in the Baraboo News Republic
Watch "Free Advice" by Emmett and Paul Loverde
Watch it for free online here: http://freeadviceseries.com.
SFist.com: Watch Producer/Humanitarian/First Lady/Actress Jennifer Siebel's New Trailer
Read an article about Jennifer Siebel Newsom that features a link to the Baraboo trailer: http://sfist.com/2008/01/22/watch_producerh.php
CBS Channel 5 in San Francisco: SF Mayor Newsom Engaged To Actress Jennifer Siebel
Watch a clip from Channel 5's news broadcast featuring scenes from Till You Get To Baraboo and actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom: http://cbs5.com/local/mayor.newsom.engaged.2.620916.html
Starry Constellation Magazine: Amanda Noret -- Menacing Madison
Read an interview with Amanda Noret Reed, who played vilainess Madison Sinclair on TV's "Veronica Mars" and also appears in the film The Insatiable with Sean Patrick Flanery and Michael Biehn: http://www.starrymag.com/content.asp?ID=1126&CATEGORY=INTERVIEWS