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Skills like This is a 2007 comedy film directed by Monty Miranda, written by Spencer Berger and distributed by Shadow Distribution released theatrically on March 20, 2009. The DVD released on November 17, 2009 and the Premium Cable premiere on Starz and Starz On Demand 1.1. 2010. It stars Berger, Gabriel Tigerman, Kerry Knuppe and Brian D. Phelan.


  • SXSW Film Festival Best narrative feature audience award
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival Best of the fest
  • Warsaw International Film Festival Free spirit – Special Jury Award Nomination
  • Jacksonville Film Festival Jury prize award for BestUSA feature narrative


  • Spencer Berger as Max Solomon
  • Brian D. Phelan as Tommy
  • Gabriel Tigerman as Dave
  • Kerry Knuppe as Lucy
  • Jennifer Batter as Lauren


Spencer Berger both wrote and acts in the film. It was directed by first-time film director Monty Miranda, who previously directed television commercials, short films and created a TV series

The movie was shot in Denver, Colorado. Principal photography was completed in 17 days.

In addition to highlighting Denver, Colorado s eclectic music scene, Skills Like This is an entirely Colorado based production. Skills Like This is the first feature-length film produced in Colorado, by Colorado filmmakers to be picked up for North American theatrical distribution.


The film won the award for Best Narrative Feature at the South by Southwest film festival. The film won the Best of Fest distinction at the Edinburgh International Film Festival The film won the Jury Prize for Best USA Feature Film at Jacksonville Film Festival

Skills Like This screened worldwide on the film festival circuit prior to its American theatrical release by Shadow Distribution in 2009. The film received positive reviews from publications ranging from The New York Times and Variety to In her review for The New York Times, Jeanette Catsoulis wrote, the offbeat chemistry of the cast, along with Monty Miranda s eye-catching direction…make all the difference… Drawing much of its energy from an eclectic and fully integrated soundtrack, Skills Like This gazes indulgently on 20-something aimlessness and the comfort of assigned roles. In Mr. Miranda s hands sloth can be more appealing than you might think. Variety further stated that the main characters of Skills Like This showed considerable intelligence and chemistry in addition to calling the film deftly directed and from Salon Andrew O Heir reviewed Skills Like This as, Cheerfully anarchic…indescribably genuine. The film screened in theatrical release for four months.

Year 2007
ReleaseDate 2009-03-20
RuntimeMins 88
RuntimeStr 1h 28min
Plot Max Solomon faces the awful truth that he will never be a writer. So, in a desperate attempt to find his true calling, he turns to crime. In this inventive comedy, three friends have their lives turned upside down when one of them realizes that larceny might be his best skill.
Awards Awards, 5 wins & 1 nomination
Directors Monty Miranda
Writers Gabriel Tigerman, Spencer Berger
Stars Spencer Berger, Brian D. Phelan, Gabriel Tigerman
Produced by Paul Aaron,Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier,Donna Dewey,Christopher Gaudiello,Timothy Gray,Amy Jarvela,Catherine J. Moore,Rock Obenchain,Brian D. Phelan,Daniell Taff,Judith Wahler
Music by Andy Monley
Cinematography by Robert F. Smith
Film Editing by Rock Obenchain
Casting By Corbin Bronson,Annie Hamilton
Production Design by Pamela Chavez
Art Direction by Jake Newsom
Set Decoration by Savanna Johnson
Costume Design by Mimi Kaupe
Makeup Department Jenece Amella,Tanya Barnes-Jones,Jennifer Murphy,Colleen Provost,Michele Raftery,Lauren Rennells
Production Management Amy Jarvela,Maria Sandhei
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Joe Crowley,Amy Jarvela,Joel Jeffrey Nishimine,Michael Piznarski,Phillip Wagner
Art Department Jessica Bahr,Chad Branham,Evan Isoline,Kamla Presswalla,Keith Price,Clay Pruitt,Steven Schalk,Dave Schutz,Michael Stano,Rebecca Totman
Sound Department Robert Abbott,Jeff C. Archuleta,Richard Charles,Michael Pfeifer,Andrew Vastola,Paul Vastola
Special Effects by Chris Rink
Visual Effects by Michael Lauter
Stunts Tim Drnec
Camera and Electrical Department Eli Berg,Frank Dantonio,Carlos Doerr,Cooper Donaldson,Shane Evans,Anthony Gudino,Alan Hamilton,Brad Heiner,Jon Helzer,Justin Stewart Johnson,Donald Jones,Mike Jones,Kyle Knudson,Lauren Kovarik,Will Lamborn,Cass Letson,Cassidy Letson,John Mans,Monty Miranda,Erik Gunnar Mortensen,Robert Muratore,Noah Peter,Andrew Phillips,David Quint,George Tague,Joshua Trager,Joshua H. Trager,Joshua Weinberg
Casting Department Mitch Dickman,Chad Schnackel,Roxane Sondrup
Costume and Wardrobe Department Brigid Moore,Kaitlin Moore,Meredith J. Murray
Editorial Department Michael Lauter,Jon Obenchain,Scotty Pierce,David Rennie
Location Management Justin Stewart Johnson,Daniell Taff
Music Department Shawn Amos,Peter Hook,Andy Monley,Mark Raynes,Adam Trachsel
Script and Continuity Department Paige Black,Barry L. Caldwell,Maria Sylva,James Waugh
Transportation Department Issac Fogler,Phil Helman,John E. Jaramillo,Rita Schafer,Dennis Steele
Additional Crew Roger Ames,Sarah Berkovich,Paige Black,Christopher J. Corabi,Andy Curtis,Donna Dewey,Rena Dusenbury,Janine Hagarty,Ashley Holm,Luke Hunter,Lynne Ida,Luke Hunter James-Erickson,Andy Kelts,Nick Levine,Kathryn Lichty,MaryLynn Malone,Catherine J. Moore,Austin Nunn,Jessica Picune,John Price Reynolds,Zoey Rose,Ilynn Sutton,Rob Sutton,Nicole Talbot,Carla Thilmont,Gabriel Tigerman,Judith Wahler,Brian Walker,Kathryn Warner,Brooke Warren,Amanda Woodson,Eric Zacharias,Meredith Zitron
Thanks Peter Berg,Blaine Gray,John Hickenlooper
Genres Comedy
Companies Dewey-Obenchain Films, Elsboy Entertainment, Suntaur Entertainment Company
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating Not Rated
ImDbRating 5.8
ImDbRatingVotes 505
MetacriticRating 44
Keywords criminal,female topless nudity,bar,bare breasts,green bra