Warwick's Kim Avedisian scores with indy film

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Warwick’s Kim Avedisian returned to Rhode Island last week, just like the main character in his low-budget, independent film, to premiere Donald Cried at the Avon Cinema before a large and enthusiastic audience, which included many friends and relatives.

The film has received positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, The Village Voice and other publications, and has established Avedisian as an up-and-coming filmmaker. Kim co-wrote, directed and starred in the hour and a half movie, playing the title character alongside Jesse Wakeman.

Rhode Islanders will recognize many locations as Peter returns to his Warwick home from New York City, where he is “in finance," to settle his grandmother’s affairs after she passes away in a nursing home.

Reluctant about returning to his working class neighborhood, his troubles start when he loses his wallet and must turn to his old high school friend for help.

Donald is a perfect example of a man-child who has never matured or moved on to a responsible adulthood, while Peter has moved, for good or for bad, beyond his roots. Donald latches on, realizing that Peter is dependent on him, and tries to get Peter to relive their high school days. Their past friendship has grown a bit foggy over the years.

While the film moves along predictable lines, Avedisian has thrown in a couple of twists and added a few poignant moments to the plot. While there is some humor, “Donald Cried” is often a sad look at unfulfilled dreams and the scars that past wounds leave on relationships.

The positive response from critics and moviegoers should go far in establishing Kim Avedisian as a player in the tough game of moviemaking.

Catch Donald Cried at the Avon.

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