And the winner is...
|Playground teacher Gayla Goehl stars in the independent film 'urFRENZ'
that is still making the festival rounds.
Los Angeles, 10/07, 2010
A rumor started by a depressed teenage girl named Catherine about her ex-friend Madison, prompts
Madison's Mother, Debbie (played by Gayla Goehl) to create a fake on-line profile, posing as a home-
schooled teenage boy, to track Catherine and her interaction with her daughter. Things get
complicated with Catherine falls for 'Brandon' over the Internet.
http://www.urfrenzmovie.com/ The Trailer
urFRENZ, written and directed by Jeff Phillips and produced by Jana Winternitz, is a realistic drama
about the lives of teens, their families and the draw and discord of social networking sites. When
depressed and withdrawn Catharine meets a secretive boy online, she begins to come out of her shell.
But is he a suitor or a stalker, a friend or foe? The questions surrounding his existence fuel obsession,
denial and deceit among families and friends sending them headlong into a point of no return.
Filled with cyber gossip, studies and socializing, the story observes the lives of its characters as they
try to make sense of a world of uncertain identities. The title is derived from the name of the social
networking site that connects all of the characters.
Official Selections and Awards:
Official Selection 2010- Slamdance Film Festival (10 Feature Films out of 5000 Submissions)
Gayla Goehl - Nominated "Best Supporting Actress" - 12th Annual The Method Fest Film Festival -
urFRENZ- Nominated for 7 awards and winner of 5 including: Winner "Best Feature Film" & "Best
Director- Jeff Phillips" - 12th Annual The Method Fest Film Festival -2010
Winner - Audience Award - Hollywood's "Awareness Film Festival"
Official Selection - Flagstaff Film Festival
Official Selection - Chesapeake Film Festival
Upcoming Festival Screenings:
Official Selection: Feature Film Catergory - Inagural Anaheim Film Festival
October 15 & October 17th
Selection: "Adults are capable of cunning and cruelty that would make the meanest Mean Girl
blanch, and Debbie finds in urFRENZ a level playing field where she doesn't need to pretend that
she's outgrown the dark aspects of herself. As Brandon, she can be as cruel and manipulative as
she wants, and she LIKES it. Goehl is outstanding in the role, letting tiny half-smiles and a cocky
swing in her shoulders as she types speak volumes about just how much fun it is to be free of a day-
to-day existence where she must grovel to clients who treat sidewalk cracks as the apocalypse and
are forever trying to bring down the asking price with their contempt. It's not that Debbie's
intentions are ever truly innocent, but the actress does a great job of showing how an escalating
hatred of both Catharine and herself becomes like a drug. Interesting, the only character in the
movie who can be said to be addicted to social networking is the Mom. The story gets loads of
mileage out of the fact that she's supposed to know better. At a key moment near the end, all I could
do was just keep saying to myself “What the hell do you think you're doing?!?” The simple truth is,
whatever her age, cyberbullying simply suits Debbie."
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