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I Quit chronicles quarterlife dilemma

It's a scenario that's all too familiar to some of us: The post-college-graduation blues, marked by professional aimlessness, financial instability, and romantic insecurities. We jump from job to job, we live with our parents and depend on them to pay our bills, we wait forever to get hitched. Confusion, and sometimes depression, ensues. Is this phenomenon unique to middle-class Gen X and Yers? Is it the result of childhood coddling, or of having too many choices at our fingertips? And regardless of the cause, what can we do to find stability, or at least maintain our sanity?

These questions have been addressed -- but never quite answered -- in books, in TV shows, and in movies. Now Portland has its own exploration of the subject in I Quit, a feature film produced by Portland Films and premiering tonight at the Nickelodeon.

I Quit follows the character of Issac, "
who can talk his way into any job, but can’t keep one," according to the website synopsis. The film, written and directed by South Portlander Bryan O'Connor, features Portland Phoenix Short Film Festival zombie-winner Jarrod Anderson, as well as local actors Sam Applegate and Michael Best. (Full disclosure: Best and I are currently performing together in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Portland Players.) It was filmed during the early months of 2007; the crew then had to use five different editing programs to piece their work together, and at one point feared all their film would be unusable, says executive producer Matt Byron.

The 1.5-hour film survived, however, and will show tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. at the Nick. Tickets are $5.

Here's a trailer:
 

We'll let Anderson have the final word: "I hope this movie serves as a stepping stone for everybody involved. Local independent, digital film-making is still in such an infantile stage. I want this movie to be part of the ever growing pantheon of Maine cinema. There was a lot of talent on this production and I'd love to work again with anybody that was involved with I QUIT. I hope that Spielburg and Lucas see this movie, so they know...that we're coming for them."

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