Thirty year old AMELIA KARINSKY, obsessed with her virginity, struggles to take control of her life when two emotionally arrested men fall for her. “Bread and Butter” chronicles how she learns that independence is more important than a mismatched romance.

Cleveland International Film Festival Synopsis: 

“I can see your hymen from here,” so says Amelia’s boss in this upbeat comedy about looking for love, thinking of romance, and finding yourself. In BREAD AND BUTTER, 30-year-old Amelia is looking for her first boyfriend and—even with the help of her eccentric boss, her overbearing parents, and her best friend—her luck seems to be running out. With her nose buried in a book, she finds romance in a stranger who has left notes in the margins and soon finds herself entranced with this man who also videotapes his own will. Charming, funny, and unique (like any great date), BREAD AND BUTTER bills itself as the “anti-romantic comedy” and holds the audience’s hand as we watch Amelia navigate the book guy (Leonard) and Daniel (the delightful Bobby Moynihan of SNL) in a love triangle pitting both sides of Amelia’s romantic notions against each other. Will she choose the brooding Leonard or the affable Daniel? Are her ideas of romance and love feasible? Will she ever find someone to butter her bread? Love has questions; BREAD AND BUTTER has answers. – T.W.

Woodstock Film Festival Synopsis:

Late bloomer Amelia, played by Christine Weatherup has spent the first three decades of her life alone, reading books and working as a receptionist for an eccentric Life Coach. At the urging of her boss, she starts to search for a soulmate.
Daniel (Bobby Moynihan, SNL) is a kind and introverted client at the office. He and Amelia share many of the same idiosyncrasies, fears, and overall naivety. Amelia finds her second prospect from clues written in the margins of a book. Leonard (Micah Hauptman, Everest), whose originality and unpredictability immediately attract her, leads the story into a Felliniesque and humor-filled entanglement.

Liz Manashil directs a cast of talented actors to make her oddball characters come alive. This quirky and endearing film will bring audiences together, like Bread and Butter, in an experience both heartwarming and distinctly human. –Cristin Carlin

Full Synopsis:
Amelia Karinsky, 30, is a late bloomer who has never had a boyfriend. She works for an eccentric life coach, Dr. Wellburn, who has a doctorate in Scandinavian Literature, but prefers that you call him ‘Doctor’ as if he were a psychiatrist. Dr. Wellburn doesn’t respect boundaries and neither do her parents, who want to control all aspects of her life. Amelia is eager to break free of their overbearing influences.

One day Amelia buys a book at a used bookstore that has pencil scribblings throughout the margins of its pages. She becomes so entranced with whoever annotated the book that she tracks him down. Before she even meets Leonard Marsh, the annotator, Amelia is admittedly in love with him. However, as we get to know him, we learn that what Leonard is actually going through is something very un-magical: clinical depression.

Concurrently, a client of her boss’, Daniel Lodgen, starts to court Amelia. Daniel has the best of intentions, but, because of him, Amelia learns that the concept of a genuine romantic relationship is more frightening than she had imagined. This newfound interest in her, from Daniel and Leonard, forces Amelia to open herself up to the option of being in a relationship and contributes to a growing anxiety regarding ‘The Choice’ of which man to be with.

Bread and Butter is an anti-romantic comedy. It is the story of a lonely person who finally makes a decision to strike out on her own after learning that romance isn’t the only way to fulfill her desires.