A funny thing happened to Cecil on the way to his suicide: he saved a woman’s
life. A hapless beat boxer (a hip-hop vocalist who uses his mouth as a percussion instrument) deserted by his wife on the eve of their anniversary, Cecil is accosted by a forlorn street urchin too broke to buy her own gun—but can she please borrow his when he is “finished”? With equal parts comedy, tragedy and virtuoso vocal percussion, who knew broken hearts could make such beautiful beats?
Read about the people behind-the-scenes of COMPULSORY BREATHING.
According to Filmmaker magazine, Munro is a filmmaker "on the verge." Critics called his first film, Bullethead, "haunting," "visionary," "a tour de force" and "one of the best short films of the past ten years." First Love, Second Planet, Munro's second film, received an NEA Regional Arts Grant and, like Bullethead, garnered prizes at numerous festivals, including Best Student Film in the Nation at the Kodak/UFVA Fest. Filmmaker subsequently named Munro "one of 25 new indie faces." Munro's first screenplay, Life for Beginners, was a quarterfinalist in the prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Competition. Interest in Life led to Munro's relationship with Minnie Driver, for whom he developed a screenplay based on the life of maverick ‘50s country singer Charline Arthur. His first feature, Full-Grown Men, is currently in development. Munro and his partner Xandra Castleton have incorporated their ventures as Grottofilms LLC, with offices in the San Francisco Writers Grotto.
Xandra Castleton spent two years learning the ins and outs of the independent film trade from the likes of Robert Redford, Spike Lee, Tilda Swinton, Ang Lee and Tim Robbins. As series producer of Independent View, a 17-part TV series that aired on over 50 PBS stations nationwide, Xandra created in-depth profiles of independent filmmakers, writers, and actors, culminating in an Emmy award for her interview of John Waters. She has produced two award-winning short films: Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness, which she co-wrote. Xandra and David Munro are developing a slate of projects under the Grottofilms banner, including a debut feature, Full Grown Men. Xandra is also producing Edna Forever, starring Tilda Swinton, with director Lynn Hershman Leeson (Teknolust). Xandra began her career as a producer and director of nonfiction, including the 1999 feature documentary Wild at Start, and was the director and curator of the popular El Rio screening series from 1996 to 2002. She studied film production in the MFA program at San Francisco State, and received her BA in Women's Studies and Cinema from Smith College.
Director of Photography
Ballachey produced, directed and shot the feature documentary American Dancer, which premiered in competition at the 2003 SXSW Film Festival. His first documentary feature was Search for Inca Gold, which he also directed and shot for A&E's New Explorer's Series in 1998. His credits as director of photography on feature documentaries include Trauma: Life in the ER for The Learning Channel, which is an Emmy-winning series for
Documentary Photography, and Police Force, also for The Learning Channel.
Gonclaves has been principal editor on eight independent feature films, including The Mudge Boy (2003 Dramatic Competition, Sundance Film Festival), Tully (winner of Critics Award Best Director, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival; nominee for Best Picture, Independent Spirit Awards), Trans (winner of Audience Award Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival), The Delta and The Adventures of Sebastian Cole. His films have been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival. The winner of the 1992 Fuji Film Award for Editing, Goncalves was also a 1999 and 2000 Editing Fellow at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab. He is a graduate of the London International Film School and received his MFA from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He most recently served as a contributing editor on Robert Altman’s new film, The Company.
Yuri Lane (Cecil)
In his one-man show Soundtrack City, Lane combines beatboxing with traditional acting, dance and mime to show how the lives of a cast of characters are all connected by sound. He lives in Chicago.
Beth Lisick (Woman)
Lisick is the author of Monkey Girl and This Too Can Be Yours, winner of the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for fiction. She performs regularly around the San Francisco Bay Area as a solo spoken word artist as well as with the sketch comedy group White Noise Radio Theatre and her band The Loins.
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