Storytelling is a film written and directed by Todd Solondz. Storytelling is made up of two main stories titled Fiction and Non Fiction. Each story is focused on a different set of characters between life in high school and life in college. Fiction is featured as the first part of the film. It is set in a creative writing college class. In it we see Marcus, who aspires to be an author and is also suffering from birth defects due to being born with cerebral palsy. Marcus has his dreams crushed when his girlfriend Vi who is also a fellow classmate, along with his professor and other students, all frown upon his new short story.
The film then turns to a chance meeting that Vi had with her professor. Due to her wild imagination, she uses her creative writing course as an outlet to recall a very vivid fictional encounter that the two intimately share.
The second part of the film is Non Fiction, which is centered around high school student Scooby and down-on-his-luck filmmaker Toby. Toby's newest venture is making a documentary centered around high school life. His chance meeting with Scooby, who is an aspiring actor with a very dysfunctional home life, gives him the opportunity he is looking for. Scooby's dismal outlook on life makes him the perfect candidate for Toby's upcoming documentary.
Scooby's home life plays an important role in how he thinks and reacts to things, including the situation where the family's maid is kicked out of the house due to an involvement with Scooby's younger brother.
In each storyline, the film focuses on a group of troubled social outcasts going through everyday lives trying to achieve their goals in a society that makes it difficult. It shows audiences the transitions that are made through high school and college, and even obstacles faced in later years.
- Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick, Robert Wisdom, Maria Thayer, Angela Goethals
- Fine Line Features
- Todd Solondz