A handful of teenagers make their way through the summer that divides the end of high school and the beginning of the real world in this independent comedy-drama. Brian (John Blakeslee) grew up in a quiet town in suburban New Jersey, and is deciding what to do now that he's done with high school. Brian feels he's outgrown the town and his old classmates, but his former girlfriend Melissa (Kathleen Mallon) and good friend Tommy (David A.K.) are more than a bit hesitant about leaving behind the life they've known since they were kids. Matt (Matthew Strickland) and Sammy (Christopher Azara) are two self-styled rebels eager to move to the big city and seek fame and fortune, even if their plans of how to achieve them are sketchy. And Grady (Kevin James McMullin) and Janine (Kristen Bruneli) are perfectly happy in their hometown, and aren't ashamed to say they hope to spend the rest of their lives there. Writer, director and actor Kevin James McMullin made Exit 117 on a budget of just $850, using borrowed equipment, a crew of volunteers and a cast of friends who he'd known since high school; the film went on to play a number of noted film festivals after premiering at the 2010 Cinequest Film Festival.
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