|Directed by||Michael Glover Smith|
|Produced by||Michael Glover Smith|
|Written by||Michael Glover Smith
|Starring||Mia Park, Circus-Szalewski
|Music by||Daniel Agosto|
|Edited by||Michael Glover Smith
|Distributed by||Echelon Entertainment|
|Running time||86 minutes|
The Minx is a 2007 movie written and directed by Chicago-based independent filmmaker Michael Glover Smith. It is not to be confused with the 1969 film by the same title. The Minx was written in collaboration with Vincent Francone and shot on location in Chicago and Hong Kong in late 2005 and early 2006. It was picked up for distribution by Echelon Entertainment of Glendale, California and was released on DVD in the United States on May 15, 2007. The film's world premiere, held at Schuba's Tavern in Chicago, was a "Recommended" screening by Cine-File, Chicago's guide to independent and alternative cinema.
The Minx is by turns an action/thriller and a comedy. The film's plot details the adventures of Linnea Chiang, a mild-mannered tobacconist by day and a masked master thief by night; like some modern day Robin Hood, the black vinyl-clad "Minx" robs large corporations and gives the money away to homeless people on the streets of Chicago. Over the course of the film's plot turns, Linnea develops relationships with two very different men: Joseph Van Zwick, the ruthless CEO of the corrupt "World Energy" company, and Edgar Alvarez, an idealistic young reporter for "The Windy City Weekly," Chicago's leading alternative newspaper. In an ironic twist, Edgar is assigned to write a story on the Minx, never dreaming that Linnea, the woman he has become romantically involved with, could be her alter-ego. As both of these men, as well as Chief Inspector Chiapetti of the Chicago police, begin to close in on the Minx's true identity, Linnea is forced to make a decision about her future that will affect the lives of everyone involved.
The Minx was shot on a shoestring budget in only ten days over a span of several months. It was made using 24p digital video technology while the cast and crew worked mostly for free. Most of the actors in the movie are well known in the world of Chicago theater, television and independent film; among the cast members are noted thespians Mia Park (host of television's Chic-a-Go-Go), Circus-Szalewski and Duane Sharp (star of Zen Noir). The Minx is dedicated to filmmakers Louis Feuillade and Chor Yuen.
Tagline: Your heart isn't the only thing she'll steal
Linnea: "I feel the deepest part of me awakening."
Joe: "My kind of culture somehow just doesn't jibe with karma and reincarnation. I'm just not temperamentally suited for it, you know what I mean? I grew up masturbating to Marilyn Monroe."
News Anchor: "Although it appears from this security camera image that the Minx is female, Chief Chiapetti has said that because of the daring nature of some of her acrobatic feats it is possible that the Minx could be a man disguised as a woman."
Linnea: "Maybe the Minx is just a down to earth girl who wants to play more than one role in this life. Maybe she'd like to play as many roles as she can because she knows one day death is going to strip us all of our costumes and make us completely equal in the grave."
Joe: "What's that bitch gonna do in Hong Kong?"