Independent Film Spotlight: Bumpin’ Uglies

Independent films — and I mean truly independent films, not the ones bankrolled by a smaller subsidy of a gigantic movie studio — are often about relationships. And based on the name alone, you might think that Bumpin Uglies, a recently completed film shot in the Albany, NY area, is exactly that.

However, this engaging movie tries something different on an indy budget; it’s a police story with a good amount of drama, humor, and even some action, none of which are easy to pull off on a small scale nowadays.

Bumpin Uglies is the brainchild of screenwriter/co-director/star Susie Griswold and co-director/star Kevin Craig West. The two are clearly the driving forces behind the film, which is all the more impressive considering the many hats they wear as well as the fact that both turn in strong lead performances. The story of the film follows a cop who is driven to bring down a possibly-corrupt mayoral candidate (what possible relevance could a story like that have in today’s world?!?) and the FBI agent who helps her along the way. While the film could have been an overly serious affair, it makes sure to sprinkle in some good humor along the way, such as the police captain whose biggest concern is getting a higher grade of toilet paper for the precinct.

While not a perfect film, for being a low-budget independent film with no big name stars in it, I enjoyed Bumpin Uglies quite a bit. It’s good to see that people are still going out and making their own films that are well-acted, well-shot, and professionally produced. Check this one out if you like something a little different from the norm.

For more information on Bumpin’ Uglies and how you can see it, visit: https://www.facebook.com/BumpinUgliesthemovie/

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