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Image and video hosting by TinyPic Cast: Ross Partridge, Kay Panabaker, Tara Summers, Chase Maser, Mike McNamara, Tiffany Paige, Barry Kahn, Brooks Applegate, Sharon Williams, Amy Snively, Jenna Mammina, Matthew Felkey, April Washko, Ben Konstantin, Arnie Johnston, John Kerry

Director: Tara Miele

Genre: Drama/Comedy

Year: 2011

Rating: NR

Rob Lawson’s perpetual quest for success is interrupted when his estranged daughter shows up nine months pregnant, challenging Rob to be a father before he becomes a grandfather.

"The Lake Effect" is a Dramedy about Rob who is struggle to get any business in today's tough economy, besides that his wife's biological clock is ticking away but the more she yearns for a child the more Rob resists. If this whole mid-life crisis wasn't bad enough for Rob, one day they get a knock on the door from his 18-year-old daughter, Celia who is 9 months pregnant. The one thing Celia needs right now is a loving father who understands and is willing to help her prepare to be a mother but the problem is Rob was never what you would call a good father in the first place so it will be a learning precess for the both of them as they hurry to ready her for motherhood.

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The real-life crisis Rob, Celia and Natalie are going through leads to some realistic situations and drama but it also leads to some very funny moments in the film as well like when Rob and Celia sit down together to watch videos on becoming a mother. "The Lake Effect" is Writer/Director, Tara Miele's first feature film and she does a terrific job at telling the serious side of the story while injecting a perfect mix of humor to lighten the mood and keep the story lively.

As far as the production goes the film looks terrific, to look at it you would never know it was an Independent production. The Cinematography and settings are breath-taking and the music used in the film is a perfect fit. The cast is another reason to celebrate, Ross Partridge, Tara Summers and Kay Panabaker all give amazing, realistic performances.

"The Lake Effect" is an entertaining film that will have you engaged the entire time, you immediately care about the characters and what happens to them. A touching, funny and captivating film about past mistakes, and regrets, it's also forgetting the past and moving forward, growing up and taking on responsibilities. I fell in love with the story and couldn't take my eyes off the screen the entire time. The ending is not necessarily a happy one but like the rest of the film it's a realistic one and it leaves you hopeful for all three of the film's main characters.

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"The Lake Effect" is another example of just how great Independent cinema can be, If you like the genre then I highly recommend picking this one up. This is a film you will be telling your friends and family about and it's the kind of drama/comedy Hollywood can only dream of making. I certainly look forward to seeing what Tara Miele has coming next as well as the talented cast.

The DVD comes with Special Features that include:

Deleted Scenes


Raindance Film Festival Q&A

Behind The Scenes of The Lake Effect

You can Pre-order the DVD HERE.

Released by Osiris Entertainment

***** Out Of *****