Frances Ferguson

Frances Ferguson

USA | 2019 | 77 minutes | Bob Byington

Nick Offerman's narration adds savor to this bone-dry comedy about a Nebraska substitute teacher (Kaley Wheless) whose crushing discontent drives her to an ill-advised transgression.

Frances (Kaley Wheless, The Highwaymen), snarky and affectless, has a lump of a husband, one child, a clueless mother, and a job as a substitute teacher in North Platte, Nebraska. Three years into her marriage, strangely enough, she finds herself dissatisfied. How does she deal with this anomie? In the most ill-advised way possible: A student in biology class catches her eye, she has an affair (donning her old cheerleading outfit as bait), and her life quickly takes a Letourneau for the worse. The rest of Bob Byington's very arch, very polarizing comedy deals with Frances' downward spiral: arrest, trial, jail time, divorce, probation, court-ordered group therapy, community service, North Platte's reaction, and her unwelcome celebrity, sarcasm intact—all mined for comic possibilities. Bob Byington, making his third appearance at SIFF after 2015's Jason Schwartzman slacker saga 7 Chinese Brothers and 2017's dystopian comedy Infinity Baby, assembles the exact right ensemble for the film's bone-dry tone, including Martin Starr ("Silicon Valley"), David Krumholtz ("The Deuce"), and Bill Wise (Support the Girls), plus laconic narration courtesy of—who else?—Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation").

Director Biography
Bob Byington grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and attended the University of California-Santa Cruz and the University of Texas-Austin, where he now resides. His comedy Infinity Baby played at SIFF 2017.

Sponsored by First Sight Productions, Ingeniux

  • Director: Bob Byington
  • Principal Cast: Kaley Wheless, Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Jennifer Prediger, Bill Wise
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 77 minutes
  • Producer: Zefrey Throwell
  • Screenplay: Scott King
  • Cinematographers: Carmen Hilbert
  • Editors: Susan LaMarca, Kris Boustedt
  • Music: Chris Baio, Burgess Meredith
  • Filmography: Infinity Baby (2017); 7 Chinese Brothers (2015); Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012); Harmony and Me (2009); RSO [Registered Sex Offender] (2008)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP