Treading Water

2001

Treading Water

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A woman trying to come out of the closet must contend with her family, whose closets have some skeletons of their own in this independent drama. Casey (Angela Redman) is a woman from an upper class Massachusetts family whose mother (Annette Miller) expected her to go into business or one of the professions. Casey, however, has developed an interest in commercial fishing and is pursuing that as an occupation, much to her mother's chagrin. However, this is hardly Casey's biggest point of contention with her parents; Casey is a lesbian, but her parents not only openly disapprove of her lifestyle, they're openly hostile to Alex (Nina Landey), Casey's significant other. While Casey is grudgingly invited to the family's holiday celebration, Alex is not, but it turns out that Alex knows Casey's family better than they imagine; Alex makes her living counseling young people with drug problems, and one of her new clients is Casey's younger brother. Treading Water was the first feature from director Lauren Himmel; the film was shown in competition at the 2001 Seattle Film Festival, as well as the same year's Los Angeles Outfest.

Cast

Nina Landey
as Alex Barrett-Rosenberg
Annette Miller
as Mrs. Olsen
Robert Harte
as Shawn Olsen
Shawn Nee
as Andrew Olsen
Richard C. Snee
as Mr. Olsen
Lysa Apostle
as Carmen Miller
Cathy Tucker
as Linda Robinson
Morgan Nevins
as Hannah Tucker
Robert Pemberton
as Jeremy Tucker
Gideon Banner
as Derek Landen
Richard Frazier
as Jimmy Landen
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