Cinematical is happy to premiere the following quirky, 'All That Jazz'-inspired clip for the upcoming SXSW feature 'American Animal.'

Written, directed and starring Matt D'Elia, and featuring the likes of Brendan Fletcher ('Tideland'), Mircea Monroe ('Finding Bliss') and Angela Sarafyan ('The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn'), the film focuses on a terminally ill man (D'Elia) who arbitrarily decides one day that he is happy. In this clip, he wakes up and imbibes a long series of pills before his "happy" showtime.

Matt D'Elia provided Cinematical with the following introduction to the clip featured below: "Opening clip of Matt D'Elia's AMERICAN ANIMAL, in which we meet lead character Jimmy -- terminally ill, borderline crazy -- and watch him wake up and go through his theatrical morning routine."

Check out the plot summary and clip after the jump before it hits the streets of Austin and SXSW later this week. 'American Animal' will screen in the Narrative Competition category.







Jimmy is a terminally ill young man. He is also quite eccentric, bordering on plain old crazy, and starting today he has decided that he is 'happy' and no longer sick. Jimmy's roommate James is a healthy, dreamy young man. They're best friends. They live together. They don't do much of anything and they seem very happy that way. Today, they have a couple of female friends over to their downtown Los Angeles loft for just another day of drinks, drugs, board games and casual sex, among other things. All seems well. But trouble arises when it gets revealed that James will be leaving for a new job in the morning. Jimmy, feeling betrayed, is not pleased by this development. He sees it as nothing short of the destruction of the perfect little world that they've set up, and a classic, humorous battle of wills ensues as James prepares for the real world and Jimmy falls deeper and deeper into his world of illness, isolation, madness and make-believe.