Frank & Cindy

Director: GJ Echternkamp
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
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Screening Info:
Thursday, November 12
3:45 PM
Thalian Main
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GJ Echternkamp, Alex Holdridge

Scoot McNairy, Bill Perkins, John Pierce, Bic Tran

Tobias Datum

James Harrison III, Rick Shaine

Rene Russo, Oliver Platt, Johnny Simmons, Jane Levy, Marc Maron
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United States
In 1983, Cindy married a rock star, Frank. She imagined a life of glitz and glamor. But as life happened, Frank lost his mojo. Twenty years later, Cindy's son, G.J., both appalled and amused by his parent's' behavior, picks up his video camera and aims it at them. In an attempt to mock his one-hit-wonder step-father, G.J. unintentionally create a candid portrait of the pursuit of happiness-and love.

Director Bio:
After directing a number of major-label music videos and short films, G.J. decided to base a documentary on his own hilarious, dysfunctional family, and FRANK & CINDY was born. In 2007, the documentary toured the festivals and gained attention from critics, most notably Ira Glass of “This American Life”, who declared, “Every single thing about FRANK & CINDY seems new and fresh and alive. It’s rare to see a documentary that’s so raw and funny and infuriating too.” Glass’ Emmy-nominated Showtime series had G.J. create an entire episode dedicated to the making of FRANK & CINDY, titled “The Cameraman”. G.J. was eventually approached to create a narrative version of the documentary; one that would be true to the source material, but also flesh out the characters and story to become more than just a remake. G.J. collaborated on the script with writer/director Alex Holdridge (IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS), and the film was ultimately shot in the same house as the documentary, with Oliver Platt and Rene Russo wearing Frank and Cindy’s actual clothes, acting in the same spaces where the real story took place.. The film also stars Johnny Simmons, Jane Levy, and Marc Maron, and is set for release in 2015.