Over the course of a balmy east coast summer, an introverted, bespectacled teenager is brought into the strange and delightful world of his bohemian neighbors. What unfolds, against the backdrop of lush flowerbeds and overgrown vegetable patches, is a mirthful story of unlikely and rekindled friendships. But for all of its wine-soaked, pot-infused dreaminess, Breakfast is firmly rooted in reality. The rambling purple house where the action happens is writer/director/co-star Laura Colella’s, and her captivating cast is composed of her very own housemates and neighbors. Despite the homespun approach and unfettered narrative, Collela’s smartly written, tightly directed tale has a distinct vision and clear intention, one joyously devoted to the pleasure principle.
Laura Colella Breakfast With Curtis is Laura's third narrative feature as Writer/Director/Editor, and she has also made several shorts. With her second feature Stay Until Tomorrow, she was a Sundance Institute Directing and Screenwriting Fellow. Her first feature Tax Day also received equipment support from Sundance. Her films have cumulatively screened at over 100 festivals and venues, winning 20 awards. She is represented by Julien Thuan at United Talent Agency and her first two features are distributed by Passion River Films. Laura began making narrative films at Harvard College as a student of Raul Ruiz. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants, and was one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She teaches Directing and 16MM Film Production at the Rhode Island School of Design, collaborates on multimedia productions with Everett Dance Theatre, and freelances in screenwriting, camera department work and editing. She is also currently an MFA student in Writing for Performance at Brown University.
Toine, 33 years of age, has finally learned to read and write. He celebrates this with the students in his class by -with still much effort- writing a sentence on the whiteboard. On his way to class he imagines letters in almost everything he sees and after his daughter has picked him up from school they together play the game of finding letters.