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Life forms ingredients for filmmaker's indie

Life forms ingredients for filmmaker's indie

In the Chicago-shot indie "Warren," filmmaker Alex Beh plays a barista by day, occasional improv performer by night. Put another way: He's a guy in his 20s struggling to get his act together.

That post-grad sinkhole of unfulfilled ambitions is a recognizable archetype, one that has a polarizing tinge to it on a show like HBO's "Girls." Beh, who is based in Los Angeles but grew up in Winnetka, is going for something different.

His dialogue is naturalistic and full of low-key, self-aware comedy. His characters aren't glib or deluded. They know they're losers, on paper at least. They may not have much figured out just yet, and that's not necessarily a...