World's Best Dad
Fiction Feature
$10 online or at the door.
Friday Aug 19, 2011
10:00PMFilm Begins
11:00PMAfter Party in the Courtyard
IN THE EVENT OF RAIN THE SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE. YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND BEVERAGES, BUT NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

VENUE
The Old American Can Factory
(On the roof)
on the roof and courtyard
Gowanus
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union

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World Premiere

World Premiere! Miles hasn't seen Matt since their father passed away. Now, they're going to blast him into space. Once they steal his ashes. And figure out how to launch the rocket. And get him to Nevada...


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We all have different ways of mourning. In some cultures, you don't leave the house for a week. In others, you drink and have a big party. There might be praying, rending of garments, fire rituals. And that's what you get here. Sort of. If you're an aimless young man who's life has been traumatized by a domineering father, you start by chucking some rocks at your little brother's window in the middle of the night so you can show off the new stars and stripes paint job on the van and the bright yellow t-shirts you hand-printed. Because for Miles (Charlie Ochs), the lead in this charming indie comedy, the adventure is always on the verge of beginning.


THE FILMS

World’s Best Dad (Joshua Gross | New York, NY | 84 min.)
Charlie Ochs, playing the wild older brother, provides much of the humor in the film, in a performance that could provide a breakout for the emerging actor. Ochs delightfully infuses everything his character does with enthusiasm, whether he's excited, aghast or afraid. His collection of quirky looks and unexpected line readings are endlessly amusing, and perfectly fitting for his character.

He's a guy who is not just chasing adventure, he's hiding within it. He's escaping the realities of his life with strings of jokes and hijinks. There is very little backstory in World's Best Dad—a liberation that allows the viewer to enjoy the ride while picking up clues like a scavenger hunt. Younger brother Matt (Matthew Gross) plays the sober straightman with a raw, emotional edge. He feels his father's loss more broadly and openly than his brother, but has closely guarded secrets of his own as well. He clearly wants his older brother in his life, needs a brother, but is angry at Miles for abandoning the family, not dealing with things, not taking life seriously.

Matt would love to cut loose and forget their troubles, and it's this back and forth that provides the tension and release of the film. When he's forced into a crazy mission behind enemy lines in a Civil War reenactment, you feel both a dreamy bliss and a near-suicidal sense of abandon.

The brothers' easy playfulness is infectious. You feel right at home with them exploring an abandoned hotel, interrogating a rooftop stowaway, witnessing the bizarre sights of Americana (from nuclear power plants and oversized sandwiches to a Stonehenge recreated in junk cars). The discoveries they make about themselves, and each other, are subtle but affecting. And their crazy mission to launch dad's ashes into space feels just quixotic enough to work.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg

MUSIC

Sport of Kings
Sport of Kings call their music 'indie yacht rock', updating the sounds of 70's smooth rock for the modern era. Hailing from Brooklyn NY, but featuring members from places as far flung and Dublin, Ireland and Hong Kong, this Summer sees the release of their 'Logic House EP' together with a video for the limited edition vinyl 7" single 'Free Jazz', described as music 'for those dreaming of hot sun, cool water, and lazy lounging'.

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