The Scenesters

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The Scenesters
Directed by Todd Berger
Produced by Kevin M. Brennan
Jeff Grace
Brett D. Thompson
Written by Todd Berger
Starring Blaise Miller
Suzanne May
Jeff Grace
Kevin M. Brennan
Todd Berger
Sherilyn Fenn
Music by Dan Houlbrook
Cinematography Helena Wei
Edited by Kyle Martin
Distributed by monterey media inc.
Release date
  • October 23, 2009 (2009-10-23)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Scenesters is a 2009 art-house black comedy film written and directed by Todd Berger. The film was made by Los Angeles-based comedy group The Vacationeers and stars Blaise Miller, Suzanne May, Jeff Grace, Kevin M. Brennan, Todd Berger and Sherilyn Fenn. The film was shot in July 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA, and premiered on October 23, 2009, at the 16th Annual Austin Film Festival.


A group of crime scene videographers go after a serial killer.



The Scenesters was selected to screen at the following film festivals:


Slamdance Film Festival
2010: won Most Interesting Film
Hollywood Film Festival
2009: won Hollywood Award for Best Comedy
Phoenix Film Festival
2010: won Best Screenplay
Edmonton International Film Festival
2009: won Rising Star Award for Best DirectorTodd Berger
Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival
2010: won Best of Fest
2010: won Best Screenplay
2010: won Best Director
2010: won Best Editor
2010: won Best Production Designer
2010: won Best Actor - Blaise Miller

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 50% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 6 reviews, with an average score of 4.9/10, and that 86% of audiences liked it with an average rating of 4.5/5 based on 93 reviews.[1] Amy Handler from Film Threat called The Scenesters "a film that is provocative, intelligent, hilarious - and that moves so swiftly, that you're left gasping for more.".[2] Scott Ross from NBC New York said "'The Scenesters' is a gutsy experiment that rewards the viewer's knowledge of Los Angeles, movies and TV with a funny and engaging hyper-meta crime story." [3] Nick W. from USA had wonderful things to say about the film saying "The Scenesters is the movie I keep telling my friends about. It's funny, inventive and unlike anything I've seen in long time" [4] After the premier of The Scenesters at the Austin Film Festival Sean O'Neal from The A.V. Club praised the film saying it was "A genuinely suspenseful whodunit about a team of wannabe filmmakers exploiting a rash of L.A. murders targeting hipsters...The Scenesters is definitely, if dryly, funny in its satirical take on fame-seeking indie-rock types—boosted by a literally killer soundtrack".[5] Todd Gilchrist from Fearnet called the film "A compelling whodunit that manages to pack more of a punch than the latest retro-noir murder mystery, The Scenesters is a satisfying, successful look at predators and prey, hipsters and Hollywood dreamers, and films and filmmakers that doesn't purely chase its own tail - and better yet, doesn't make moviegoers chase it either... destined to become a cult classic." [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Scenesters on Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Scenesters on Film Threat". Film Threat. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Ross, Scott (26 May 2011). "Home Video Review: The Scenesters". NBC New York. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Matheson, Whitney (22 Apr 2011). "USA Today: Today's Pop Five". USA Today. Retrieved 22 Apr 2011. 
  5. ^ O'Neal, Sean (22 Oct 2011). "Austin Film Festival spotlight: Todd Berger on killing The Scenesters". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 22 Oct 2011. 
  6. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (16 Feb 2011). "'The Scenesters' Review". Fearnet. Retrieved 16 Feb 2011. 

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