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Rock stars Peter and Seymour vie for the attention of Agnes, a television actress known for playing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-like warrior. Agnes has a hidden connection to Roland, a deluded, dipsomaniacal office worker. Roland's boss has a disillusioned and misguided teenage daughter, whom Roland meets and latches onto as his personal savior. Sound convoluted? Deliriously, wonderfully so. Last Goodbye is full of intriguing twists and turns. Guiding us through this mysterious maze of relationships are David Carradine, playing a delusional bible salesman, and Faye Dunaway as a pretentious film director. The script is smart, with expertly etched characters who keep the plot chugging along until the final frame. Last Goodbye is beautifully shot -- a lesson in HD cinematography that will make even film aesthetes stand up and take notice. Jacob Gentry, a first-time filmmaker, directs with the assuredness of a seasoned veteran, and a hip score and dead-on source music just add to the rich layers of this delightful piece of moviemaking. The whole package makes us feel as if we are watching the first independent film of a new century.
Writer, director, editor, and Georgia native Jacob Gentry has been making short films since he was fourteen. In 2000, he cofounded POPfilms, which was named Atlanta's 2002 and 2003 Best Film Collective. With POPfilms, Gentry wanted to bring Atlanta's underground film scene to the next level: "It's really a punk rock community of filmmakers who show movies like bands play clubs…The talent is here…We just need a bigger forum for people to see our work." His short films have been official selections in a variety of festivals, including the International Student Media Festival, and the Atlanta, Tipton, and New Orleans film festivals. Gentry also directed Paper Thin (2001) for Hot Water Music, a music video in rotation on MTV 2, and his comedic short film, Terminator: School Day (1992), was featured on MTV's Like We Care program. Last Goodbye is his first feature film as writer, director, and editor.