The Automatic Hate

USA | 2015 | 97 minutes | Justin Lerner

A man at a vulnerable time in his life meets a woman claiming to be his cousin, a revelation that leads to long-lost relatives and a secret that tore their two families apart. Director Justin Lerner, writer Katharine O'Brien, and producer Lacey Leavitt scheduled to attend.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Nature and nurture battle for supremacy in this riveting mystery from Girlfriend director Justin Lerner. Davis Green (Joseph Cross, Running With Scissors), a Boston chef, grew up thinking he knew everything about his father, Ronald (Richard Schiff, “The West Wing”), a psychology professor. One day, a young woman named Alexis (Adelaide Clemens, “Rectify”) introduces herself to Davis as his cousin, the daughter of his dad’s brother. Since Davis had always assumed Ronald was an only child, he sends this odd, jittery character on her way, but then he stumbles upon a hidden artifact that proves she was telling the truth. With things at home tense between Davis and his girlfriend, Cassie (Deborah Ann Woll, “True Blood”), and with Ronald refusing to talk about the past, Davis drives to a farm in upstate New York where he finally connects with his long-lost uncle, Josh (Ricky Jay, House Of Games). But Josh isn’t talking either, so Davis and Alexis launch their own investigation to figure out what split the family apart. Davis began this journey feeling confident about his capacities, but fate has other plans.

Director Biography
Los Angeles filmmaker Justin Lerner, who grew up in Pennsylvania, released his directorial debut, Girlfriend, in 2011. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in theater arts from Cornell University and a master of fine arts in directing from UCLA. Both of his parents are developmental psychologists.

Sponsored by First Sight Productions, Ingeniux

  • Director: Justin Lerner
  • Principal Cast: Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Richard Schiff, Yvonne Zima, Vanessa Zima
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Producer: Lacey Leavitt, Justin Lerner, Alix Madigan-Yorkin
  • Screenplay: Justin Lerner, Katharine O'Brien
  • Cinematographers: Quyen Tran
  • Editors: Jeffrey J. Castelluccio
  • Music: Hunter Brown
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Girlfriend (2010)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: WME Global