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Jocelyn Towne is the latest actor to wear a number of different hats on a movie with her new feature film, I Am I. Not only did she write, executive produce and direct, but she also stars in the movie as Rachael, a young woman mourning the death of her mother when she becomes reacquainted with her estranged father, Gene (played by Kevin Tighe).
Rachael wants to get to know him better, but she soon realizes that her father is suffering from memory loss and is convinced that Rachael is actually his wife/her mother. After trying and failing to make him remember who she really is, Rachael decides to play along with her father’s delusions and pretends to be her mother in order to get to know him better. But what starts off as a joyful reunion soon becomes a race against time as Rachael comes to see »
- Ben Kenber
Jocelyn Towne’s directorial debut “I Am I” has the greatest intentions in the world, but thanks in large part to a hollow concept, the surface peels off quickly and reveals an emotionally vacant core. It’s worth noting how enticing that surface actually is, with the trailer doing a great job of inviting you into an intimate story of father-daughter bonding, which looks to be just sweet enough to dilute the familiar toxicity of Hollywood’s formulas. And something about Towne’s screen presence, which gives off an offbeat quirky vibe similar to Lisa Kudrow on a quiet day, contrasting against Kevin Tighe’s kindly, oblivious old man, makes the delicate evolution of the central relationship endearing to behold. Anyone who has an estranged relationship with one or both of their parents can easily relate to the emotional jolts experienced by the central character, and the situation she’s »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Written and directed by Jocelyn Towne, the indie drama I Am I is equal parts touching and heartbreaking, as it tells the story of a young woman named Rachael (also played by Towne), who meets her estranged father, Gene (Kevin Tighe), at her mother’s funeral. Eager to get to know her father, Rachael tracks him down at an assisted living home, only to realize that Gene suffers from memory loss and not only thinks that he is still a young man, but is convinced that Rachael is actually her mother. And if she wants to really get to know him, she has to play along. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Jason Ritter (who plays Gene’s caretaker) talked about how he got involved with the project, the nerves over reading a friend’s script, the aspects of the story that resonated with him the most, »
- Christina Radish
Written and directed by Jocelyn Towne, the indie drama I Am I is equal parts touching and heartbreaking, as it tells the story of a young woman named Rachael (also played by Towne), who meets her estranged father, Gene (Kevin Tighe), at her mother’s funeral. Eager to get to know her father, Rachael tracks him down at an assisted living home, only to realize that Gene suffers from memory loss and not only thinks that he is still a young man, but is convinced that Rachael is actually her mother. And if she wants to really get to know him, she has to play along. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Simon Helberg, who worked on his wife’s film as an actor and executive producer, talked about how he and Towne share a very similar vision and have very similar tastes, why Kickstarter worked so »
- Christina Radish
On the occasion of her mother Sarah's funeral, Rachel (Towne) discovers that her long-lost father, Gene (Kevin Tighe), is alive, in an assisted living home, and is an amnesiac who believes that it's 1979 and that he's still the young man who abandoned his family.
When Gene refuses to believe that Rachel is not actually Sarah, Rachel goes with it, dressing and role-playing as her 1970s-era mother in order to get to know her father.
I Am I is a remarkably assured debut for director Towne, especially since she's onscreen the majority of the time, and her script eschews the rules of the standard Hollywood amnesia plot, ins »
“I Am I” is a middling dramedy starring writer-director Jocelyn Towne as a woman who discovers that her long-lost biological father is not only living nearby, but also in an amnesia-induced past where he insists she is her own recently deceased mother. This potentially intriguing concept is given disappointingly bland, flat treatment in the Kickstarter-funded project, in which Towne brings professionalism but little personality to both her on- and offcamera roles. Already released to VOD, the smallscreen-suited pic is unlikely to stir much interest in its limited theatrical bow starting June 13.
We meet tightly wound Rachael (Towne) just after the passing of her mother — one perhaps more controlling than loving, as the daughter’s borderline-hysterical eulogy unintentionally suggests. In the cemetery afterward, she’s startled to meet Gene (Kevin Tighe), the father who apparently abandoned them when she was just an infant. We later learn he was a Vietnam vet »
- Dennis Harvey
Chairman and CEO Charles S Cohen announced (17) that the company has picked up North American and English-language remake rights to the French thriller.
Eric Barbier directed Berenice Bejo, Yvan Attal and Jean-Francois Stévenin in The Last Diamond (Le Dernier Diamant), the French Vertigo Productions thriller about a jewel thief who befriends a gem expert in the run-up to a significant auction.
The film is set to receive its international premiere at Colcoa in Los Angeles on April 25 and opens in France at the end of the month.
Cohen recently partnered with Dreamworks Studios on the remake of French thriller The Prey, which Charles Cohen is producing.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
One of the downsides of living in a movie landmark with a half-mile long driveway is that obsessed fans who can’t get a satisfactory peek from the road will occasionally think nothing about rolling up to your front door. Jim Lutz and Alex Carrillo have lived in their 100-year old farmhouse in Manor, Texas, since 1977, raising five children, running a jewelry business, and occasionally lending their rustic home to a movie or television production. But the tourists who come knocking aren’t imposing on their hospitality because of Roadie, the 1980 movie starring Art Carney and Meat Loaf that filmed there. »
- Jeff Labrecque
8 items from 2014
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