- Directed By
- Michael Gallagher
- Narrative Feature
OPENING NIGHT FILM
Walter is a middle-aged former TV star whose self-regard is exceeded only by his irresistible attractiveness to younger women. Kim is a sullen twentysomething and friend of Walter’s daughter Nic, who needs a ride to Nic’s retreat in Big Sur. Carpooling turns into chaos and Funny Story becomes a tragic comedy about a well-intentioned father who inadvertently wreaks havoc on the life of his estranged daughter.
Cast: Emily Bett Rickards, Matthew Glave, Jana Winternitz
Writer & Director: Michael Gallagher
Writer: Steve Greene
Recently Screened At: Slamdance (World Premiere), San Luis Obisbo International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival
Scheduled to Attend: Matthew Glave, Michael Gallagher
HHM Jury Nominations: Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Lead Actress (Emily Bett Rickards), Supporting Actress (Jana Winternitz)
Programmer Notes: This film walks a fine line between the serious truth and wry humor of a situation that couldn't be more aptly titled, "Funny Story". I can't think of another film that captures the sometimes fragile relationship between fathers and daughters in a more outlandish and somehow believable way.