How to Make the Cruelest Month

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How to Make the Cruelest Month
Directed by Kip Koenig
Produced by Alison Dickey
Mark Lipson
Written by Kip Koenig
Starring Clea DuVall
Music by Jeff Martin
Cinematography Julian Whatley
Edited by Chris Figler
Release date
  • January 16, 1998 (1998-01-16) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

How to Make the Cruelest Month is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Kip Koenig and starring Clea DuVall.


Release and reception[edit]

How to Make the Cruelest Month premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival,[1] where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It won the Best of Fest prize at the 1998 Long Island Film Festival.

Writing for Variety, Emanuel Levy gave the film a mixed review. He praised the director's ideas and characters, as well as his sensitivity to the issues faced by young Americans. He drew comparisons between the film and Woody Allen's early films ("in spirit and ambition, if not in execution"). He enjoyed DuVall's performance, although said it was "occasionally too intensely mannered", and praised the rest of the cast. However, Levy also described the film as uneven, with a "messy structure and lack of discipline".[2]


  1. ^ "CMJ FilmFest: Thin On Docs, Big On Names", indieWIRE, SnagFilms, November 4, 1998, retrieved February 17, 2011 
  2. ^ Levy, Emanuel (January 20, 1998), "How to Make the Cruelest Month", Variety, Reed Business Information, retrieved February 17, 2011 

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