For Cincinnati Indie Film Buffs
Event on March 23-24-25
Patrick Wang the director, writer and co-star of celebrated indie film In the Family will be doing a Q&A after the 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday screenings and the Sunday 1 p.m. screening at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton. This first feature was nominated for a prestigious Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature/John Cassavettes Award.
Below is the press release about the film provided to Deeper Into Movies.
Comfortable with taking narrative and formal risks, Writer/Director (and lead actor) Patrick Wang tells a story woven around child custody,
two Dads, parental loss, and the human side of the law.
Chip Hines (Sebastian Brodziak), a precocious and loving six year-old, whose mother died in childbirth, knows life only with his two
Dads, Cody Hines, his biological father, "Pa", (Soap sensation, Trevor St. John, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and the kind and resourceful Joey Williams,
"Dad" (Writer-Director Wang). Both men are embraced by Cody's family and by their community of co-workers and friends. Caught up in the
lapidary subtle rhythms of their small, sophisticated Southern town, Martin, Tennessee, Cody teaches Junior High Math and Joey is a general
contractor who has been supervising the restoration and preservation of a mansion owned by retired attorney Paul Hawks and his wife
Marge (Susan Kellermann, BEETLEJUICE, 33 VARIATIONS).
Suddenly, their world is shattered when Cody is killed in a car accident. Gradually Joey and young Chip work to regroup and regain
their balance until Joey learns that Cody's will, written six years earlier, was never amended to insure his position as Chip's Dad;
Cody had named his sister, Eileen, as Chip's legal guardian. And Chip is taken away from Joey. When Joey objects, a restraining
order is placed against him. Instantly, Joey is without sranding in a world he has trusted as safe, and rational, and loving.
Joey knows better than anyone what this loss will mean for Chip, he lost his own parents when he was three - and the law, of course,
is not on his side. Wang's assured pacing and mise-en-scene are correlatives for Joey's methodical pursuit of a way back to his son.
As a consequence of this exquisite control the audience has time to engage in his images and inhabit his story.
Although Joey has the support of his friends, the prospects are bleak until his client, Paul Hawks - in a towering performance by
Brian Murray (Simon Gray's OLD MASTERS; ME, MYSELF , & I; THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY) - guides joey to the restoration
and preservation of his broken world.
Wang, Brian Murray, Trevor St.John and Susan Kellermann are joinedd in this luminous ensemble by stage and television actors,
including Peter Hermann (WAR HORSE; UNITED 93), Kelly McAndrew as Eileen (CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF), Park Overall (EMPTY NEST,
BILOXI BLUES), Elaine Bromka (UNCLE BUCK), Eisa Davis (PASSING STRANGE) and Gina Tognoni (GUILDING LIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE).
Official Website: www.inthefamilythemovie.com
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