A young man and woman drink orange soda and converse through cassette recorders. And there's a musical number.

// AWARDS //

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking | Sundance Film Festival 2003
The Ellen | Aspen Shortsfest 2003
Jury Award: Most Innovative | Aspen Shortsfest 2003
Best Short | Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 2002
Best Comedy | Deep Ellum Film Festival 2002
Judges Choice: 1st Prize | Alibi Short Film Fiesta 2002
Audience Choice | Alibi Short Film Fiesta 2002
Audience Choice | Long Beach Int'l Film Festival 2002
Audience Choice | MicroCineFest 2002
Judges Award | Iron Mule 2002
Audience Award | Iron Mule 2002
Best Short | Canada Int'l Film Festival 2002
Best Scenario | Canada Int'l Film Festival 2002


Sundance 2003 | US
Aspen Shortsfest 2003 | US
AFI Fest 2002 | US
Austin Film Festival 2002 | US
KinoFilm Festival 2002 | England
Interfilm Berlin 2002 | Germany
Vancouver Underground Film Festival 2002 | Canada
Atlantic Film Festival 2002 | Nova Scotia
Long Beach Int'l Film Festival 2002 | US
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 2002 | US
Alibi Short Film Fiesta 2002 | US
MicroCineFest 2002 | US
Iron Mule 2002 | US
Canada Int'l Film Festival 2002 | Canada
Deep Ellum Film Festival 2002 | US
Short Film Group 2002 | US
23rd Annual Asbury Shorts Show 2002 | US
Indievision Film Festival 2002 | US
Bumbershoot One Reel Festival 2002 | US
Malibu Int'l Film Festival 2002 | US
Dances With Films 2002 | US
Long Island Film Festival 2002 | US


“Fits & Starts is startling, innovative, hilarious, and surreal. Vince Di Meglio’s winner of an Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival presents Stacie Rasmussen and James Rasmussen in one of the weirdest comic encounters ever captured on film.” –Sundance Channel

“Deadpan brilliant, Di Meglio’s film is a deconstructionist tour de force that attacks the precepts of the filmmaking process with an absurdist’s sense of humor. The picture’s technical virtuosity slyly undermines expectation at every turn, the courtship of its young lovers occurring over the chugging of bottles of orange drink and unusual woo pitched via pre-recorded cassette tapes, concluding with an unexpectedly rousing, spot-lit serenade. A blend of the best parts of Kaurismaki and Lynch (and Jan Svankmajer, Nick Lyon, and so on), Fits & Starts is a harbinger for a major experimental talent and, frankly, a kind of minor masterpiece in and of itself.” –Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central (4/4 stars)

“Jesus, I’m still laughing. This is absolutely one of the funniest shorts I’ve ever seen. And if every single shot doesn’t have you giggling your ass off, then you’ll be in awe at the gorgeous production design…bizarre, unpredictable, impeccably shot and drop dead funny, this is the kinda film that’s prime for jumpstarting any dull film festival. This is what David Lynch and Monty Python would have come up with if they ever combined forces.” –Eric Campos, Film Threat (5/5 stars)


A Woman Is A Woman (1961)
An Angel At My Table (1990)
And Now For Something Completely Different (1971)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Buster Keaton (1895–1966)
Eraserhead (1977)
Help! (1965)
Schizopolis (1996)
Stan Laurel (1890–1965) & Oliver Hardy (1892–1957)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
The Meaning of Life (1983)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

// TRIVIA //

For sharped-eyed observers, you can spot Royal’s tombstone from The Royal Tenenbaums in this movie.

In 2002, The Walt Disney Company held an eBay auction and sold off a slew of props, including Royal’s tombstone. As fans of the film, my filmmaking partner Tim and I decided to go after it and were quickly drawn into a tense bidding war. We emerged victorious, but we were dirt poor and it set us back two months rent.

Shipping was going to cost an additional $200, but it turned out the tombstone was being kept in a Disney storage facility only ten minutes from our North Hollywood apartment. So we drove over in Tim’s ’94 Nissan truck and picked it up.

The tombstone came with a Certificate of Authenticity, weighs 50 pounds, and is made of wood, plaster, and granite paint. It currently resides in Vince’s home office under a big vintage Haunted Mansion poster (the one with the three hitchhiking ghosts).

And sorry, we love it too much, it’s not for sale.

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