A struggling gay comedy writer (Jesse Plemons) returns to his childhood home, and his eccentric family, to care for his ailing mother (Molly Shannon) in an emotional story of everyday life and death from "Saturday Night Live" and "Broad City" scribe Chris Kelly. Also screening on May 22 as a part of An Afternoon with Molly Shannon.
Monday, May 23, 2016
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"Saturday Night Live"/"Broad City" writer and first-time director Chris Kelly delivers a fresh and personal debut feature with Other People. In this tragicomedy, 29-year-old comedy writer David (Jesse Plemons, "Fargo," "Breaking Bad") must leave his New York City lifestyle for Sacramento to see his mother Joanne ("SNL" alum Molly Shannon) and, to his disappointment, the rest of his conservative, religious family. David is possibly in the midst of the worst year of his life: He just broke up with his boyfriend of five years, his writing career isn't panning out, and Joanne—his everything—has cancer. David's love for his mother leaves very little room to engage with his sisters (Maude Apatow, Madisen Beaty), and he struggles to connect with his emotionally distant dad (Bradley Whitford, "The West Wing"), who still can't bring himself to accept David's homosexuality, leaving David to feel like a stranger in his own childhood home. Other People thrives in dealing with the topics of death, family, and sexuality with humor and heart, with Shannon's fierce and touching performance at its center.
Chris Kelly has been a writing supervisor on "Saturday Night Live" for the past five seasons, and a writer and consulting producer on "Broad City." He has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards. Other People is his directorial feature debut.
Sponsored by The Stranger
- Director: Chris Kelly
- Principal Cast: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, June Squibb, Maude Apatow
- Country: USA
- Year: 2016
- Running Time: 97 minutes
- Producer: Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Sam Bisbee
- Screenplay: Chris Kelly
- Cinematographers: Brian Burgoyne
- Editors: Patrick Colman
- Music: Julian Wass
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
- International Sales: WME