Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, Scott, 'Lymelife' is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change.
Born in New York city, Derick made his feature film debut as co-writer, producer and actor in the award winning and critically acclaimed independent film, GOAT ON FIRE AND SMILING FISH (1999) which won the Discovery award at the Toronto Internation Film Festival. Derick and his brother Steven made the film on a shoe staring budget of 40,000 dollars; it was theatrically released through IDP/Stratosphere in 2000-01. The Martini brothers’ next screenplay, LYMELIFE (2008), was developed at Sundance Filmmaker's Lab and won the International Critic’s Award, the (FIPRESCI), at The Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2008.