‘Myth of the American Sleepover’ Filmmaker Thankfully Isn’t Making the Leap to Comic Book Movies
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Variety reports that Mitchell will be directing "Ella Walks on the Beach" from his own script, which "centers around a single woman traveling along an iconic California beach." That vague plot description makes it sound like another tiny slice-of-life portrait from Mitchell, but this is actually a project he's been developing for a few years that was shepherded by the Sundance Institute's Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship, where it was called "Ella Walks the Beach." Here's their slightly longer synopsis:
A young woman breaks up with her boyfriend and runs away, spending a night and a day traveling along an iconic California beach, meeting interesting people, playing music, having adventures, and testing the waters of 'being single'.
So, OK, still not exactly a high-concept idea. But at least we know why she's walking now. Mostly, we're just happy that Mitchell didn't just decide to immediately turn his small, personal indie into a calling card to direct 'tween comedies or Asian horror remakes. Maybe the guy just wants to stay an independent filmmaker. It's such a small thing, but that makes us happy.
'Ella' finds her fella [Variety]