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Two brothers look for love under unusual circumstances in this independent comedy. Chris Remi (Derek Martini) and his brother Tony (Steven Martini) have an unusual family background: their parents, an Italian-American man and a Native-American woman, met on a tour of a Hollywood studio, and their Grandmother bestowed on them semi-traditional American Indian names, "Goat on Fire" and "Smiling Fish." These days, high-strung Chris and good-natured Tony share the house they grew up in following their parents' death in a traffic accident. Chris is having problems with his girlfriend Alison (Amy Hathaway), who bursts into tears whenever they have sex; meanwhile, Tony's girlfriend Nicole (Heather Jae Marie) is ready to give Tony his walking papers if he can't straighten himself out, though he's already got his eye on Kathy (Christa Miller), who delivers the mail in his neighborhood. Chris, who works for an accounting firm, is asked one day by his boss to pick up his Uncle Clive (Bill Henderson) from the airport. Clive used to work as a soundman for a independent African-American film company in the 1940s; he loves to reminisce about the old days and compares love to capturing "the perfect magnetic wave." Clive proves to be a romantic catalyst when Chris meets Anna (Rosemarie Addeo), an Italian immigrant who trains animals, and a fast friendship looks like it could grow into something more. The feature-film debut for Martin Scorsese protege Kevin Jordan, Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire won the Film Discovery at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 25, 2000

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Toronto International Film Festival Kevin Jordan Discovery Award 1999 Winner

Cast

Derick Martini
as Chris Remi
Christa Miller
as Kathy
Steven Martini
as Tony Remi
Bill Henderson
as Clive Winter
Amy Hathaway
as Alison
Rosemarie Addeo
as Anna
Nicole Rae
as Natalie
Wesley Thompson
as Burt

Crew

Kevin Jordan
Director
Kevin Jordan
Producer
Brittany Taylor
Producer
Derick Martini
Producer
Steven Martini
Producer
Steven Martini
Screenwriter
Derick Martini
Screenwriter
Kevin Jordan
Screenwriter
Fred Iannone
Cinematographer
Ryan Rothmaier
Editor
Ryan Rothmaier
Co-producer
Phillip Pennestri
Co-producer
Mark Poggi
Associate Producer
Tommy Lynch
Executive Producer
Deanna Aho
Set Designer
Karyn Burgner
Set Designer
Matt Rheinbeck
Sound/Sound Designer
Kristen Dolan
First Assistant Director
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