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A dark comedy which chronicles the final day in the life of self-proclaimed artist and genius, K. Roth Binew... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mike O'Connell ... K. Roth Binew

Jim Gaffigan ... Lampert Binew

Jill Larson ... Alma Binew
Diane Kagan ... Marla
Caleb Wentworth ... Young K. Roth
Sam Goldfarb ... K. Roth's Doctor

Jesse Eisenberg ... Mills

Eddie Pepitone ... Reginald
Ben Duhl ... Liquorsmith

Matthew Cowles ... Mossman
Stephen Brian Jones ... Farmer
Peter Paton ... Old Man
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine ... Prostitute

Ann Dowd ... Librarian

Aaron J. Patton ... Passerby Man
Nicole J. Mitchell ... Woman Passerby

Rebecca Comerford ... Psychic
Stuart Rudin ... Clockmaker
Mark Schulte ... Karl Binew
Matt Dwyer ... Christian Man #1
Patrick Keane ... Christian Man #2
Bryan Brown ... Frank
Kurt Haas ... Clyde
Ron Lee Savin ... Waylon
Harlan Baker ... Dr. Schoenberg
Clay Allen ... Moustache Man
Ami Ankin ... Mother
Jun Kim ... Ling
Howard Feller ... Roy
Michael Mandel ... Landlord
Paul D'Amato ... Rutger
Jay Devlin ... Demon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Flynn ... Priest (uncredited)
Tony Lewis ... Bully #1 (uncredited)
Leah O'Brien ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Sol Tryon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Kline  written by
Mike O'Connell  written by

Produced by
Ami Ankin .... producer
Robert Bethge .... executive producer
Giancarlo Canavesio .... co-producer
Andy Cappuccino .... executive producer
Helen Cappuccino .... executive producer
Mac Cappuccino .... associate producer (as Michael Cappuccino)
Chadwick Clough .... line producer
Chadwick Clough .... producer
Charlie Corwin .... executive producer
Elizabeth Destro .... co-producer (as Liz Destro)
Peter Kline .... producer
Justin Leitstein .... executive producer
Clara Markowicz .... executive producer
Mike O'Connell .... producer
Alex Orlovsky .... associate producer
Gabe Polsky .... co-producer
Sol Tryon .... producer
Fabrizio Chiesa .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carter Little 
Mike O'Connell 
Cinematography by
Scott Miller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joe Klotz 
Casting by
Caroline Sinclair 
Production Design by
Michael Grasley 
Set Decoration by
Rafaela Stacheter 
Costume Design by
Negar Ali 
Makeup Department
Blair Jaffer .... hair stylist
Blair Jaffer .... makeup artist
Tanya Oliver .... assistant to hair stylist
Tanya Oliver .... assistant to makeup artist
Cyndi Wills .... assistant to hair stylist
Cyndi Wills .... assistant to makeup artist
Production Management
Craig DiFolco .... assistant post-production supervisor
Michael Hersey .... production manager
Sohrab Noshirvani .... unit production manager
Alex Orlovsky .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Glick .... second second assistant director
Kurt Haas .... second assistant director
Mark C. Hutchinson .... first assistant director
Christopher Joy .... first assistant director
Art Department
Andrew Arthur .... prop maker
Joel Elrod .... artist
Carrie Hurlbutt .... props consultant
Jennifer Kane .... set dresser
Helen Lee .... assistant art director
Eric Matheson .... carpenter
Alexander 'Sandy' Nesbitt .... carpenter (as Alexander Nesbitt)
Krista Stokes .... props consultant
Russ Whitken .... prop maker
Rafaela Stacheter .... art-set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Cory Melious .... sound re-recording mixer
John Moros .... sound designer
Clayton Perry .... boom operator
Donny Tam .... additional boom operator
Anthony Viera .... sound mixer
John Moros .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects
Alex Shum .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Beinhocker .... second grip
Mac Cappuccino .... grip (as Michael Cappuccino)
John Correira .... steadicam operator
Katie Dainson .... additional first assistant camera
Ray Flynn .... additional photography
Ray Flynn .... chief lighting technician
Ryan Gibeau .... best boy rigging
Sarah L. Hendrick .... first assistant camera
Michael Hersey .... grip (as Mike Hersey)
Megan Hessenthaler .... electrician
Jeffrey Kim .... gaffer (as Jeff Kim)
Mike 'Electric' Mervilde Jr. .... electrician
Yusuke Naito .... best boy electric
Aaron Randall .... key grip
John Schwartz .... rigging gaffer
Josh Silfen .... additional second assistant camera
Bryan Brown .... additional grip (uncredited)
Michael Hersey .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Louis Zlotowicz .... camera loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sarah Maxell Crosby .... local casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diane Amato .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Chloe Chapman .... post-production coordinator
Stefanie Dworkin .... additional assistant editor
Stacy Frankel .... post-production assistant: Original Media
David Gauff .... additional on-line editor
Hunter Gross .... second assistant editor
Ilene Merenstein .... director of post-production: Original Media
Joe Monge .... technical supervisor
Alyson Perlongo .... post-production assistant: Original Media
John Rehberger .... on-line editor
Ellen Tam .... post-production coordinator
Jane Tolmachyov .... colorist
Laura Weinberg .... additional assistant editor
Suzanne Yong .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Altieri .... conductor
John Altieri .... musician: tuba, The Living Wake Orchestra
John Altieri .... orchestrator
Steven Alvarado .... score recording coordinator
Steven Alvarado .... scoring studio manager
Eric Biondo .... musician: trumpet, The Living Wake Orchestra
Caleb Burhans .... musician: violin, The Living Wake Orchestra
Andre Canniere .... musician: trumpet, The Living Wake Orchestra
Meena Cho .... musician: cello, The Living Wake Orchestra
Alex Hamlin .... musician: flute/saxophone/piccolo, The Living Wake Orchestra
Josie Henry .... musician: oboe, The Living Wake Orchestra
Rob Jost .... musician: bass, The Living Wake Orchestra
Carter Little .... music supervisor
Carter Little .... score producer
Daniel Loomis .... musician: bass, The Living Wake Orchestra
Jessie Mills .... musician: violin, The Living Wake Orchestra
Henry Phillips .... composer: additional music
Keith Rigling .... score mix engineer
Keith Rigling .... scoring engineer
Ed Rosenberg .... musician: clarinet/saxophone, The Living Wake Orchestra
Eric Spring .... assistant scoring engineer
Beth Sturdevant .... musician: cello, The Living Wake Orchestra
Dave Treut .... musician: percussion, The Living Wake Orchestra
Patricia Wang .... musician: bassoon, The Living Wake Orchestra
Mike Williams .... musician: trombone, The Living Wake Orchestra
Transportation Department
Irving Gray .... driver
Ryan Jarochym .... driver
Matt Notine .... driver
Nyla Patrick .... driver
Kristopher Reynolds .... driver
Jack Spencer .... driver
Piet Vickerman .... driver
Clementine Wilson .... driver
Other crew
Dan Alafetich .... catering assistant
Charlotte Bailey .... additional production assistant
Russell Vance Bailey .... production intern
Robin Bettencourt .... additional production assistant
Rick Blake .... additional production assistant
Mac Cappuccino .... set captain (as Michael Cappuccino)
Elizabeth Destro .... production attorney (as Liz Destro)
Michael Destro .... tax accountant (as Mike Destro)
Brandon Doiron .... additional production assistant
Craig Hartford .... additional production assistant
Jessie Mae Hayes .... set production assistant (as Jessica Hayes)
Samuel Holt .... location manager
Markus Janner .... digital titles
Patrick Keane .... set life coach
Ryan Keefer .... additional production assistant
Sandra Konigmacher .... additional production assistant
Justin Leitstein .... creative consultant
Brandon Lovell .... set production assistant
Kim Ludlow .... script supervisor
Sarah Maxell Crosby .... assistant production coordinator
Zachary Maxell .... set production assistant
Sam Membrino .... set production assistant
Tai Mirach-Jack .... additional production assistant
Max Morrill .... key set production assistant
Jessica Pollison .... set production assistant
Kelsey Rice .... catering
Jessica Smucker Falcon .... production coordinator
Scott Waring .... additional production assistant
Laurie Dee Whitman .... key set production assistant
Mindy Zemrak .... office production assistant
Andrew Arthur .... goat wrangler (uncredited)
Brandon Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
Matt Joseph Misetich .... assistant: Mr. Clough (uncredited)
Daniel Spilatro .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sam Ankin .... special thanks
Michael Bransfield .... special thanks
Bill Floersch .... thanks
Clea Frost .... special thanks
Anne Hubbell .... thanks
Alan Inzerillo .... thanks
Elissa Knight .... special thanks
Alyson Lyon .... thanks
Dennis Marx .... special thanks
Sean McKittrick .... special thanks
Ryan Murphy .... thanks
Billy Parks .... special thanks
Ben Rekhi .... thanks
Amy Rice .... thanks
Walter Tryon .... in loving memory of

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Rated PG-13 for sexual material
USA:91 min
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USA:PG-13 (certificate #46213)
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Mills:Oh, majestic goat. Die quietly on your stake, and trust your throat will bleat on our plates. Oh,majestic goat. have faith your surrender will sate our tummy-boats, will feed out luncheon splendor. Oh, Majestic goat.See more »


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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A unique experience unlike anything you will see this year!, 3 April 2010
Author: cadillac20 from Culver City, California

I've been following this film since its inception and have been proud to watch it slowly go from festival to festival and finally get a release. I managed to catch this several years ago, I believe around 2006 or 2007. Recently I noticed it getting release and a lot more attention, and I could be more happy or proud. The film really is great. It's unique and quirky and Mike O'Connell brings his unique humor to it, and it's even quite touching. I won't say this is for everyone, but all film should strive to do what this did and create a unique and original experience.

K. Roth Binew is a self proclaimed genius artist who has just discovered he has a very limited time to live. To go out with a bang, he decides to return to his hometown to reconcile with family, face his enemies one last time, and finally be laid to rest after a living wake. To help him, he enlists his aid and friend Mills, who leads him around on a bicycle powered rickshaw.

As mentioned, this is not your average comedy. Mike O'Connell leads the viewer around from one point to another, taking care of whatever business he desires, be it trying to get some of his self published books placed in the local library or facing his parents one last time. And the character of Binew is as puffy and conceited as you might expect from a self-titled proclaimed genius. But the experience of Binew's life is so unique that it's quite entertaining. And Jessie Eisenberg is such a great foil to Binew's craziness, as a fairly level headed character, that one of the joys of the film is seeing the two interact. But, what works so well here is the films heart. These characters are very well crafted in more than just their uniqueness. You can tell a real passion was placed into them. It is in the quieter moments that you find the films worth. There is even a moment at the end that is cause for tears, but I won't spoil that here.

Again, this won't be everyone's cup of tea. The script was partly written by O'Connell, who crafts a unique brand of humor. Anyone who is not into it, probably will be a little turned off by the character created. But, in his writing, he crafts a complex figure. We've seen these kinds of characters before, misunderstood artists whose unique look and way of life is their charm. But even for such a story, this is a unique take. A good example is the musical number thrown in a little over halfway through the film. While this might seem out of place, it fits in very well with Binew's character, whom one could imagine bursting into song at any given point simply because he feels like it and believes it adds something to life. Such is K. Roth Binew.

Sol Tyson handles the film well. He never makes a point at showing us just how ridiculous things are. He simply treats it as life. The film is also colorfully filmed and the choice of location is quite enjoyable. I really can't complain about much of anything in the film. It's an enjoyable journey through the final day of one very unique individual.

I don't expect the majority of people to enjoy this film. It certainly isn't a film built for mass audiences, and one can only hope that the majority of people watching WOULD enjoy it. However, I found this to be a fantastic experience and think that anyone who can see it and is looking for a comedy wholly different from anything you'll see this year should run to the theater and catch it while you can.

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