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Dead Dad
Directed by
Ken J. Adachi

USA / 2012 / 81

New York Premiere

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Ken J. Adachi’s directorial feature debut is an emotional roller coaster showcasing three outstanding performances. Dead Dad is a dynamic portrait of a family in turmoil learning to find its way. Estranged siblings Russell, Jane and their adopted brother, Alex are reunited when they return home upon the death of their father. As they battle over what to do with his ashes they attempt to come to grips with what their father would have wanted while trying to heal their own fractured relationships.

Adachi weaves a spirited tale of wry humor and painful heartache as each sibling must confront their own deep seeded wounds before they can seal the rift that has opened between them. All the while the father, who in life drove them apart, in death, begins to bring them back together. —Michael Burke

Director/Writer Ken J. Adachi's projects have screened across the country, and his short film Picture Day won a College Television Award in 2010. While working primarily in short formats, Adachi developed an urge to complete a feature length film. New to Los Angeles and with limited funds, he and his collaborators embraced a grassroots approach and worked nights and weekends to make it happen. The result is Dead Dad, Adachi's feature film debut.
Cast/Featuring: Kyle Arrington, Jenni Melear, Lucas K. Peterson, Allyn Rachel, Ben Hethcoat, Brett Erlich, Fred Stoller
Executive Producer(s): Stephen Hansen, Monte Young, Ken J. Adachi, Jason Ambler, Adam Varney
Producer(s): Kelly Calligan and Ben Hethcoat
Director(s): Ken J. Adachi
Screenwriter(s): Ken J. Adachi and Kyle Arrington
Cinematographer(s): Eric Bader
Editor(s): Eric Ekman
Production Designer(s): Morgan Hall
Composer(s)/Music: Nadeem Majdalany
Sound Designer(s): Kellen Voss

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