Patton Oswalt is toplining and starring alongside writer-director James Morosini in I Love My Dad, a dramatic comedy that just wrapped principal photography in Syracuse, NY. Claudia Sulewski, Rachel Dratch, Ricky Velez also star along with Lil Rel Howery and Amy Landecker.
Inspired by Morosini’s real-life experiences, the pic follows Chuck (Oswalt), an estranged father who desperately wants to reconnect with his depressive son, Franklin (Morosini). Blocked on social media and concerned for his son’s life, Chuck impersonates a waitress (Sulewski) online and starts checking in with Franklin. But things begin to spiral when Franklin falls for this imaginary girl and wants nothing more than to meet her in person.
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Bill Stertz and Sean King O’Grady produce for Atlas Industries alongside Dane Eckerle, Daniel Brandt and Burn Later Productions’ Phil Keefe and Sam Slater. Lauren Hantz and John Hantz are executive producers via their Hantz Motion Pictures, which fully financed. Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps and Ryan Bennett are also EPs. Verve is repping rights.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to make this weird, semi-true film with this amazing cast and talented team,” Morosini said. “I can only hope something less bizarre serves as the basis for my next project.”
Hantz Motion Pictures just saw IFC Midnight land its debut feature We Need to Do Something ahead if its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Festival.
NewFest and BuzzFeed are teaming on the first-ever BuzzFeed Pride Film Festival, which will kick off beginning June 27 on the new site’s homepage. The event will feature BuzzFeed video discussions moderated by trans journalist and activist Ashlee Marie Preston around five queer movies — Gay USA, Kiki, Man Made, Appropriate Behavior and Rafiki — after which audiences can watch the films free of charge on NewFest’s platform from June 27-30.
The panel participants for the discussions are sourced from the LGBTQ Movie Club Facebook Group.
The event comes after NewFest earlier this month launched NewFest Pride, a virtual summer film series that ran June 4-7. The event from the New York-based LGBTQ+ film and media organization kicked off Pride Month showcasing six feature films along with a short-film program co-presented with Vimeo in addition with LGBTQ-focused panels and special events. It also included a virtual live-read of Legally Blonde featuring an all queer and trans cast.
“Following our successful NewFest Pride event earlier in the month, we are excited to keep the Pride celebration going by partnering with BuzzFeed and Facebook Groups on this event,” said NewFest executive director David Hatkoff. “We can’t wait for audiences to discover these wonderful queer films and continue the conversation BuzzFeed and Facebook have begun.”
Mutiny Pictures has acquired rights to Bad Detectives, a crime thriller directed by Presley Paras and starring Freya Tingly and Draelle Aierken. Mutiny and Mill Creek Entertainment will release it on June 22 on digital platforms.
The pic, written and executive produced by Chris Johnson, follows two unlikely friends that discover that the passing of their beloved detective grandfathers were calculated murders. Despite their mutual animosity, they enter an uneasy partnership to solve the case and become involved in a twisted game of dodgy lawyers, corrupt politicians, shifty homicide detectives, capricious antique dealers and an infamous Chinese gang.
“Being a proud Asian-American, I was delighted to direct Asian-American characters that felt authentic and weren’t some sort of trope,” Paras said. “Sticking to this choice helped me deliver the best version of Bad Detectives and I’m…