Honey Boy Directed
Alma Har'el Austria / 2019 / 95 minutes
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Daniela Lundberg
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his personal experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea) as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. FKA Twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself.
BIO: Alma Har’el is a DGA Award-nominated director, known for her documentaries Love True and Bombay Beach, top prize winner at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award, and taught in Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab and Film Center as a genre-redefining work. Her first narrative film, Honey Boy, winner of the Special Jury Award for Vision and Craft at Sundance 2019, further cements Har’el as one of the most genre-bending filmmakers today. She has worked commercially on campaigns for AirBnB, Coca-Cola, Chanel, and P&G, earning a 2018 DGA Award nomination for the Winter Olympics commercial Love Over Bias. She founded the non-profit Free the Bid, which in 2019 expanded to film, TV and Music as Free The Work: a curated talent-discovery service of women and underrepresented creators. This, along with her directing work, landed Har’el in Fast Company’s & Most Creative People of 2018 and Adweek’s Disruptors of 2018.
Cast/Featuring: Shia LaBeouf, Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges, and FKA twigs
Executive Producer(s): Fred Berger, Rafael Marmor
Producer(s): Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Anita Gou
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