AT THE VIDEO STORE (COMING 2019) is a loving ode to the dying art of connection and curation. It weaves together the macro-narrative of the industry’s changing business model with the intimate memories of store owners and cinema icons like John Waters, Nicole Holofcener, Gus Van Sant, and Bill Hader. While nostalgic for what was lost, the film is hopeful about what neighborhood video stores can still offer a world starved for authentic human interaction. AtTheVideoStoreMovie.com
RID OF ME (2011) is a black comedy about a timid housewife named Meris who is dumped by her husband. She soon joins a ragtag group of punk girls and exacts revenge on her ex and his asshole friends.
Written and directed by James Westby. Starring Katie O'Grady, Orianna Herrman, Theresa Russell, Art Alexakis, John Keyser, and Storm Large.
"An ingenious black comedy." -The New York Times (NYT Critics' Pick)
"Bracingly original." -VARIETY
"Cheerfully obscene, hip, and wickedly funny!" -Huffington Post
"MEAN GIRLS for adults! Few recent movies are as darkly funny." - LA Times
Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Winner of Best US Fiction Film at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival.
Theatrically released by Phase4 Films and Submarine Deluxe.
Available on iTunes and Amazon.
THE AUTEUR (2008) is a sweet romantic comedy about the world's greatest living porn director.
Written and directed by James Westby. Starring Melik Malkasian, John Breen, Cara Seymour, and Ron Jeremy.
"Laugh-out-loud funny!" -VANITY FAIR
"Remarkably sharp and on point. Very funny" - VARIETY
Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Also played at the Athens International Film Festival in Greece and at Raindance in London.
THE AUTEUR is available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, or look for it on your cable VOD channel.
FILM GEEK (2005) tells the story of Scotty Pelk, a socially inept video store clerk who gets fired from his job and starts working at an auto parts warehouse. From there, he proceeds to pursue the cinephile-woman-of-his-dreams, with hilariously tragic results.
Written and directed by James Westby. Starring Melik Malkasian, Tyler Gannon, and John Breen.
"Perceptively hilarious! B+" - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"HIlarious!" -Morgan Spurlock, director of SUPER SIZE ME
"This year's NAPOLEON DYNAMITE!" -Filmmaker Magazine
"A really sweet movie!" -Jeffrey Lyons
"A perfect comedy." -Bill Plympton
Available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and FANDOR. Also on DVD at firstrunfeatures.com