Actor-turned-award-winning-documentary filmmaker, Malindi Fickle (By the People, plus an actor in such films as Eyes of the Prey, Everything Relative, St. Andrew’s Girls), made the transition to the writing and directing of her first dramatic production last year.
The film, titled Suck it Up Buttercup, scored film festival win after win after win in 2014 with a riveting tale about a small town girl on a downward spiral of violence, drugs and addiction.
Indican Pictures announced this past week that Suck it Up Buttercup will be making its long-awaited move from the film festival circuit — the Grand Jury Award at the Bare Bones International Film Festival; Best of Festival and Best Actress at the Hoboken International Film Festival; Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress at the Northeast Film Festival and many more — to the DVD market place on Dec. 1.
For the Holman family the “American Dream” is on the ropes. Jackie (Lacy Marie Meyer — The Last Apartment, Joker’s Wild) is at the beginning of her adult life. 18-years old and her future in front of her … that is, if she survives the night (more on that in a moment).
Meanwhile, her parents are struggling to make it. Her father, Joe (Gregory Konow), is out of work, her mom, Ellie (Robyn Ross), a nurse, suddenly finds herself pregnant, her older brother is in Afghanistan and her widowed grandfather is fighting dementia. Life’s a bitch.
On this particular day, there is one other thing to add to this litany of misery, Jackie is an addict — alcohol and drug addicted (a pill-popper) and to make matters even worse, she is in debt to her dealer.
She’s not stupid, she didn’t start out to be some would-be trailer-trash scuz … she was once an honor student with a bright future. But this is where she’s at as we find her hanging out with her slacker friends and loser boyfriend, Sam (Alex Raymond), who all add to her circle of despondency.
Jackie has worked herself into a financial hole with Devin (Brian Stuart Boyd), the local dealer, who is more or less holding her hostage until she ponies-up the $300 that she owes him. Her friends are worthless and her frantic phone calls to her parents only serve to set in motion a series of events that will bring her and her parents to the edge.
Malindi Fickle’s Suck it Up Buttercup is both an edge of your seat thriller and a not-so-subtle look at small town life where economics are stagnant year-after-year … there is a price for that.