Canadian Premiere Annex
Friday, March 9
Doors 6:00PM | Show 7:00PM
Rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) is a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) and mom’s new boyfriend Bob (Tim Heidecker) in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. When Bob’s mentally unbalanced son Luke (Joey Morgan) arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life overwhelmed. With Luke and her sidekicks Kala (Dylan Gelula) and Claudine (Maya Eshet) in tow, Erica acts out by exposing a dark secret of high-school teacher Will (Adam Scott), with perilous results; their teenage kicks become a catalyst for growing up in unexpected and unpredictable ways. Mixing dark comedy and teenage angst writer-director Max Winkler (CEREMONY) and co-writer Matt Spicer (INGRID GOES WEST) re-imagine an unproduced script by Alex McAulay, creating a star vehicle for blossoming talent Zoey Deutch (BEFORE I FALL, WHY HIM?) and elevating the teen movie to new heights.
Following the screening, hear from director Max Winkler in a Q&A discussion about the film, moderated by historian and bestselling author, Kliph Nesteroff!
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn
Directed By: Max Winkler
Run Time: 90 Minutes
KLIPH NESTEROFF is a historian and best selling author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy. Los Angeles Magazine refers to him as “The King of Comedy Lore,” Vice calls him “The Human Encyclopedia of Comedy,” The New York Times has deemed his theories “provocative” and Vanity Fair considers his work “essential.” He has appeared on WTF with Marc Maron three times and serves as consulting producer on CNN’s History of Comedy.
MAX WINKLER As a young filmmaker, Max Winkler possesses an original and distinctive cinematic voice, astutely portraying the struggles and recklessness of youth.
Most recently, Max directed the feature film FLOWER, starring Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, and Kathryn Hahn. A dark love letter to his teenage years in the Valley, FLOWER is a coming of age story that tracks the unorthodox bond between a sexually curious teen (Deutch) and her mentally unstable stepbrother. The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released on March 16, 2018 by The Orchard.
Previously, Winkler made his feature directorial debut, CEREMONY, through Magnolia Pictures in 2011. The film originally premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. CEREMONY, which Winkler directed and wrote, stars Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano, and Lee Pace. Angarano plays an idealistic young man who decides to crash the wedding of a woman (Thurman) he’s become infatuated with and win her back. Jason Reitman, Academy Award nominated filmmaker, produced the film.
Winkler has also recently directed several episodes of Fox’s hit comedies “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as well as Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite,” and Hulu’s “Casual.” In 2013, Winkler started production company The Walcott Company at 20th Century Fox TV alongside New Girl’s Jake Johnson, developing projects for both film and television.
Additionally, with writing partner Matt Spicer, Winkler adapted and is attached to direct Mick Conefrey’s THE ADVENTURER’S HANDBOOK, with Jonah Hill. The pair will also executive produce the film, alongside Hill, for Universal. Together the pair has also written THE ORNATE ANATOMY OF LIVING THINGS for Fox Searchlight, WHISPERS IN BEDLAM, and is writing the reboot of THE ROCKETEER for Disney.
A graduate of USC film school, a filmmakers’ grant allowed Winkler and his schoolmates to make their short film, THE KING OF CENTRAL PARK. Winkler first drew industry attention when the film was selected for several film festivals, which established him as a filmmaker to watch.
Winkler directed and produced “Clark and Michael,” the 10-episode web series, produced by CBS, starred Michael Cera and Clark Duke. The mockumentary series focused on two overly-confident aspiring producers who believe their own hype regarding their ‘amazing’ idea for a television show, but in actuality, do very little to have their idea become a reality.