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    Still from Fine

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The Film

What drives people to make certain choices? Ed (Jamie McShane), a middle-aged factory worker, lives in the suburbs with his wife Anne (Kaela Dobkin) and their small child. On the surface, his life appears to be running smoothly — until one afternoon. Between bites of sandwiches in the factory parking lot, a younger co-worker named Brad (Denny Lee Kirkwood) asks Ed for his advice on whether or not to marry. Brad’s girlfriend is pregnant and he is trying to decide if he should settle down, as Ed had done 10 years before, or if there is “something else” out there for him. His pressing question causes Ed to re-examine his own decisions and his current life as a husband, father, and suburbanite.

When Ed returns to the home he shares with his wife that evening, he begins to think: Did he do the right thing? Should he really advise his friend to seek a similar life? And if he could do it all over again, would he? While running errands before dinner, he wonders exactly what his answer would be to Brad’s question of “Is it good?” As Ed drives, he debates on whether or not he should find Brad and advise him to not get married.

A 2003 Student Academy Award winner, fine. is an exploration of truth, decision-making, and the challenge of living with your choices.

The Filmmaker

  1. Michael DowningProducer