Happy New Year

The first short film from writer-director-star Monica Lickona, goddaughter of yours truly and daughter of writer-director-star Mark Thomas Lickona.


  1. mark thomas says

    I am to blame for all defects. She did very well, I think, despite having to work with her old man. And with having six hours total to finish the shoot.

    • The only element I didn’t buy in the film was that guy standing in the shadows. (Where did your daughter find HIM?) He looked too defective, too old mannish, too “you’ve got six hours total to finish the shoot” – but other than that, it was impeccable.



  2. I was captivated!

    • Matthew Lickona says

      Thanks for watching!

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      I was also captivated. This is a well-told tale that pulls off the difficult feat of combining low-key realism with high stakes and a plot that moves. To this layman, it was also extremely solid on a technical level: The performances felt true-to-life, and the visuals told the story clearly and beautifully.

      Thanks to Miss Lickona and her crew for sharing this. Yall make a good team.

      No pressure — but if and when you have more to share, please do.

      What a privilege to witness the rise of a new Korrektiv generation!

  3. Lansing Priest says

    Wow. Keep ’em coming!

  4. That was excellent. The acting was great. The whole thing was very professional.


  5. Matthew Lickona says

    Cortland, N.Y. – certified.

  6. Part Bergman – part Hughes – ALL Lickona!


  7. I want to be a Lickona-kid.

  8. Monica Marie says

    I want to thank my Uncle Matt for wanting to post my little thing on his blog-super flattered! And thanks for all the great comments! Made my day and inspired me to continue to use my creative faculties! Thanks again.

    • “Creative faculties”? – you must have been reading Galen.

      Mark, are you having your kids read Galen?

      In the original Greek, no doubt – buncha brainiacs, those Lickonas…


      • Matthew Lickona says

        Yeah, the California Lickonas call ’em “creative humors.” The sun, it bakes the brain.

        • ‘[Film technicians] came [to Southern California] because in the early days they needed the sun. Now almost all photography is done by artificial light. The sun serves only to enervate and stultify.’

          Waugh, Evelyn. ‘Why Hollywood is a Term of Disparagement’. Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, 30 April 1947, p. 4. Collected in A Little Order, edited by Donat Gallagher, p. 36. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1977.

        • Whereas the smokers/drinkers among us are full of sooty spirits….


  9. Good story! And well done film.

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