Written & Directed by: Morgan Krantz
Starring: Max Burkholder, Daniele Watts, Valerie Azlynn, Amy Landecker, Kitty Pryde and Lesley Ann Warren
**World Premiere SXSW Film Festival 2015
**Official Selection Deauville Film Festival 2015
**Named 1 of 12 breakout hits at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival by IndieWIRE Magazine.
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A dysfunctional L.A. family hires a mysterious babysitter who changes their lives.
Ray Longway, a moody teenager, is a pawn in his parents' bitter divorce. His mother, a struggling actress who married rich, has grown accustomed to their cushy L.A. lifestyle but now, this lifestyle is threatened and depends solely on Ray’s custody decision. The family hires a Wiccan-practicing babysitter, Anjelika, who quickly fills the voids in everyones lives. After sharing a joint one night, Ray and Anjelika form a deep bond that unfolds into something strange and profound -- but their entanglement is poised to jeopardize Ray's mother's master plan. Babysitter features breakout performances by Max Burkholder (Ray), Daniele Watts (Anjelika) and is Morgan Krantz’ feature directorial debut.
“With a gentle, unassuming style that taps into its troubled protagonist's point of view, Krantz delivers a fragile narrative that earns comparisons to "Freaks and Geeks" for its careful navigation of drama and comedy. As Ray begins to question his surroundings, at first attempting an ill-advised gig selling pot before embarking on an even more ambitious act of rebellion, "Babysitter" maintains a sense of innocence about the dark elements in play — much like its lead character. Such careful attention to point of view is proof of Krantz's promise behind the camera.”
"Outstanding performances by Daniele Watts and Max Burkholder... Babysitter does an admirable job of portraying interracial relationships without ever making a big deal about it”
-Smells Like Screen Spirit
"[Babysitter] explores the horror of the everyday — the horror of growing up and figuring out who you are in relation to other people."
“A well crafted character study. Daniele Watts is fascinating here in the title role. Her strong presence is felt the moment she hits the screen. Ms. Watts walks a fine line between street-smart drug user and a not quite innocent victim of her own circumstances.”
"There is so much to love about this film. It feels so deeply personal, so honest, and so insightful."
"BABYSITTER is remarkable in it’s uncondescending, sometimes hard-to-swallow portrayal of its adolescent protagonist, and the “love story” that unfolds between him and Anjelika is believably messy and all the more powerful for it. It’s a terrific feature debut from the impossibly young-looking Krantz, and an equally powerful showcase for its cast, especially Burkholder."
-Aint It Cool News
"Director Krantz gets inside each of these characters in a way that transcends the plot, we feel their pain and their presence long after their lines are spoken. As opposed to most films where the film is edited to an inch of the delivery of the dialogue and you get no sense of an actual reality beyond the lines and the plot. In Babysitter we get to truly experience the alienated lives in the uppercrust Hollywood life of these damaged cast offs. In true film it’s not the story that matters but how that story is told. Babysitter is a power trio between actors Burkholder, Watts and director Krantz. Let’s hope Krantz stays the course and keeps on making more real films like this small jewel."
-Hammer to Nail