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Local Legends: Celebrating the Non-Legendary

Storyline via IMDB:

The adventures of Matt Farley as he spends a few weeks preparing for a big comedy show in Manchester, NH.


Local Legends stars comedian/musician Matt Farley in a mockumentary about his everyday life. It’s a pretty shaggy dog story with bits of Woody Allen’s black and white phase sprinkled in.

The key difference is that Farley is content to let things be. Nothing here is being overanalyzed, and the ticks and fears are not debilitating because there is nothing at stake.

The only obsession is a dedication to the ordinary and filming it and singing it. The dude has written over 13,0000 tunes that are available on iTunes. Most are pretty much sophomoric rehashes, parodies. 1500 of them are devoted to singing “Happy Birthday” with different names inserted in. There is a total dedication to being the ultimate schlub, with schlub friendships, sexual cluelessness and just letting life flow.

The purposeful amateurish acting only emphasizes the cluelessness and the acceptance of the ordinary, that allows every situation and Local Legends itself to be its own in-joke.

Local Legends is part of the 10th annual Chattanooga Film Festival playing online and IRL through June 29th.





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