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A widowed hipster father (Nick Offerman) goads his talented daughter (Kiersey Clemons, Dope) into forming an unlikely, and incredibly catchy, pop band during her final summer before college in director Brett Haley's (The Hero) sweet, harmonious family fable.
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In this joy-inducing drama, Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") plays Frank, a childish single widower coming to grips with his only daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemmons, SIFF 2015's Dope) prepping for UCLA's medical school. He dresses thirty years younger than he's supposed to and runs an ailing record store in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood. The only thing left connecting him to his daughter's world is their shared love of music and his dreams to start a father-daughter rock band. Most coming-of-age flicks pin the weight on their teenage protagonists, only this time it's dad's turn to grow up as Sam's career goals come into focus. As rent rises and younger crowds populate the sidewalks, the home Frank once knew seems on its way out after Sam. Writer/director Brett Haley continues his streak of critically acclaimed films after I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) and The Hero (2017) both screened at SIFF. Helped by Ted Danson, Toni Colette, and Blyth Danner populating a renowned cast, Offerman's ever-amiable teddy bear of a character endears audiences and elicits empathy for the wannabe rock star in everyone.
Brett Haley grew up in Key West and Pensacola, Florida. He graduated with a BFA in directing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2017, he made his second trip to Sundance with The Hero in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. The film won Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking-Acting award at the Newport Beach Film Festival for Sam Elliott's performance. He co-wrote, directed and edited I'll See You In My Dreams, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Blythe Danner was nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. Brett's first feature film, The New Year starred Trieste Kelly Dunn and premiered and won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Sarasota Film Festival.
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- Director: Brett Haley
- Principal Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette, Sasha Lane
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 98 minutes
- Producer: Houston King, Sam Bisbee, Sam Slater
- Screenplay: Brett Haley, Marc Basch
- Cinematographers: Eric Lin
- Editors: Patrick Colman
- Music: Keegan DeWitt
- Filmography: The Hero (2017); I'll See You in My Dreams (2015); The New Year (2010)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Gunpowder & Sky
- International Sales: Sony Pictures Worldwide