136 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211
Co-presented with Oscilloscope and Northside Film Festival .
Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best | Dir: Ryan O’Nan | Starring: Ryan O’Nan, Michael Weston, Arielle Kebbel, with Melissa Leo, Andrew McCarthy, Christopher McDonald, Jason Ritter, Wilmer Valderrama.
Q&A following with Eric Kohn (indieWIRE), director Ryan O’Nan and star Michael Weston
With a performance by the Brooklyn Brothers
Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best (Ryan O'Nan | Brooklyn, NY | 97 min.)
During a tumultuous break-up with his girlfriend, Alex Logan (Ryan O’Nan), a singersongwriter
on the verge of giving up his childhood dream of being a musician, has a bizarre and violent run-in with Jim (Michael Weston), a self-appointed music revolutionary. Through unconventional ways, Jim begrudgingly convinces Alex to make one final attempt to pursue his life goal, so the two set off on a cross-country tour culminating with a Battle of the Bands concert in Los Angeles.
With both their band and their set list formed within 24 hours (Alex playing acoustic guitar while Jim wields an arsenal of children's instruments), The Brooklyn Brothers fall upon a sultry small-town promoter named Cassidy (Arielle Kebbel) at their inaugural gig in rural Pennsylvania. She joins them on the road, and as an attraction emerges between Alex and Cassidy, the three explore how lying, stealing, and relentless passion are useful tricks of the trade on this seemingly impossible journey. But as is often with the hard knocks of life on the road, the band winds up stranded both literally and figuratively – with no money, no gas, and no hope – playing music for spare change. Galvanized by the realization that their music means everything to them, The Brooklyn Brothers attempt to navigate through the dangerous waters of friendship, love, heartbreak, and family, as the waves of responsibility and adulthood swell higher and higher around them – backed by the beat of a cheap Casio keyboard.