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"...In American Animal, Los Angeleno Matt D'Elia plays Jimmy, an engaging, narcissistic, terminally ill eccentric who takes three friends on a 24-hour trip through his own private phantasmagoria of humor, pain, performance, and delusion, hoping to free them, and himself, from the shackles of normalcy and inevitable doom. The Austin Chronicle recently sat down with D'Elia – who also wrote, directed, co-produced, and co-edited the film – to talk about South by Southwest and the surprising benefits of directing yourself in a movie you wrote...."
"...American Animal Director & Writer: Matt D'Elia Jimmy - eccentric, delusional, dying - feels betrayed when roommate James gets a job. During one night of drinks, drugs and women, a classic battle of wills ensues as James prepares for work and Jimmy goes mad..."
"...96 Minutes Director & Writer: Aimée Lagos (World Premiere) A Year in Mooring Director: Chris Eyre, Writer: Peter Vanderwall (World Premiere) American Animal Director & Writer: Matt D'Elia (World Premiere) Charlie Casanova (Ireland) Director & Writer: Terry McMahon (World Premiere) Fly Away Director & Writer: Janet Grillo (World Premiere) Happy New Year Director & Writer: K. Lorrel Manning (World Premiere) Natural Selection Director & Writer: Robbie Pickering (World Premiere) Small, Beautifully Moving Parts Directors & Writers: Annie J..."