Seven and a Match

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It's not uncommon to invite your friends to help you paint your house or move your home, but one twenty-something has something a bit different in mind in this character-driven comedy-drama. Five years after graduating from college, Ellie (Tina Holmes) and her boyfriend Tim (Daniel Serafini-Sauli) have decided to invite a few of their old classmates to their home along the coast of Maine for a weekend reunion. Sid (Eion Bailey) is a would-be actor still trying to get his career off the ground. Whit (Heather Donahue) is a tart-tongued low-level editor with a noted fashion magazine. Peter (Adam Scott) is an openly gay author and frequent source of venomous gossip. Blair (Petra Wright) is good friend of Ellie, and one of the few college pals that she's stayed in touch with through the years; Blair has also brought along her boyfriend, Matthew (Devon Gummersall). As the weekend wears on, with the various personalities and egos not always meshing especially well, Ellie confesses to Blair that she has an ulterior motive for bringing her friends to her home. It seems that Ellie's parents died two years ago, leaving their children a heavy burden of debt, while she was recently let go from her job counseling handicapped children. The house is the only significant asset Ellie has left -- and if it were to burn down, the insurance settlement would more than cover her debts and allow her to start over. So would Ellie's friends be interested in helping to stage a bit of old-fashioned arson? Shot on location using digital video equipment, Seven and a Match was the first feature project from writer and director Derek Simonds.


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