The story behind “Life in Color” is the epitome of independent filmmaking; write what you know and work your hardest to turn it into a film.
Premiering in the Narrative Spotlight section of this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Katharine Emmer’s debut “Life in Color” is “a grounded romantic dramedy about two strangers who are stuck house sitting together. Mary, a live-in-nanny and Homer, a clown-magician, meet at a 10-year-old’s birthday party and both get fired by the end of the day. With nowhere to go, they are forced to house sit for Homer’s successful and pompous childhood friend, Adam. This odd couple gets off to a rocky start. They soon realize the gravity of their situation and the necessity of joining forces, making money and pulling themselves out of the emotional hole they have lived in for years.”
The film stars Josh McDermitt (“The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men”) Jim O’Heir (“Parks and Recreation”) and well-known comedians Adam Lustick and Fortune Feimster.
Emmer gave Indiewire a bit of backstory on the her debut project: “The Duplass brothers’ early work was my inspiration. I made the film with the money I make as a nanny, for pennies, that said I am very proud of how it turned out,” she said. “It is my first film [and] was very much guerrilla filmmaking.(I still nanny to pay for the next round of expenses that come with playing at festivals).”
The film portion of South by Southwest runs from March 13-21. Check out the exclusive motion poster below: