Program 31: Funny Story
Directed by Michael J. Gallagher
What if you knew a secret that would ruin somebody’s life? Would you tell? Or would you keep it to yourself?
That’s the dilemma faced by Walter Campbell (Matthew Glave, Angie Tribeca, The Mick) when he takes an impromptu road trip to Big Sur to visit his daughter Nic, who has secrets of her own.
Walter is an actor who’s known throughout the worlds of sci-fi/fantasy and Comic Con as Youngblood, the main character in a series that seems (from the clips we see) an amalgamation of Xena and Clash of the Titans. He’s got fans, money, a pregnant girlfriend he doesn’t love, and a burning need to make amends with Nic (Jana Winternitz, Interns), from whom he’s been estranged since he cheated on her mother. It’s when Nic asks her father for a simple favor – give her friend Kim (Emily Bett Rickards, The Flash, Arrow) a ride to Big Sur – that things become far more complicated than any of them ever expect.
Throw in a handful of women – from the hilariously stereotypical lesbian Moon, who stares off into space and plays an autoharp, to the fiercely in control bisexual woman named Brian, who sees what she wants and goes for it without apology – and the complications get even more, well, complicated.
A heartfelt drama with enough light moments to bring some laughter, Funny Story is ultimately a very relatable, touching film about family, relationships, and how hard it can be to get either of them right.
— Georgia Beers
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- GRAND JURY PRIZE, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE – Barcelona Int’l Film Festival
- JURY AWARD, BEST COMEDY – Woods Hole Film Festival (New England)
- ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE – Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival
- AUDIENCE AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE – Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival (Florida)
- AUDIENCE AWARD, BEYOND FEATURE RUNNER UP – Slamdance Film Festival
- STOLMAN AUDIENCE AWARD, BEST AMERICAN INDIE – Sonoma Int’l Film Festival
- JURY AWARD, BEST FEATURE FILM – Santorini Film Festival (Greece)
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – OUTshine Miami LGBT Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Lucca Film Festival (Italy)
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Stony Brook Film Festival