Notable: Los Angeles and VOD premiere of award-winning “Kelly & Cal”

Juliette Lewis and Jonny Weston star in "Kelly & Cal." Photo courtesy of IFC Films.

Juliette Lewis and Jonny Weston star in “Kelly & Cal.”
Photo courtesy of IFC Films.

Hello all! I’m excited to share the news that one of my favorite films in 2014, “Kelly & Cal,” is premiering in Los Angeles today with a simultaneous premiere on demand! (See below for details.)

In the film, Juliette Lewis stars as a former-punk-rocker-turned-suburban-mom, who forms an unlikely friendship with her 17-year-old disabled neighbor played by Jonny Weston. Lewis’ character, Kelly, is dealing with postpartum depression as well as a loss of identity. She and her husband, Josh, played by Josh Hopkins, have moved to the ‘burbs. Kelly’s mother-in-law, played by Cybill Shepherd, steps in to force Kelly out of her funk. However, Kelly finds more kinship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Cal, who also feels like an outsider in his life.

Writing in The New York Times, reviewer Stephen Holden notes “the performances of Ms. Lewis and Mr. Weston crackle with authenticity. Like a good punk-rock song, this bracingly honest, tough-minded vignette stays true to itself.”

Juliette Lewis stars as Kelly in "Kelly & Cal."  Photo courtesy of IFC Films.

Juliette Lewis stars as Kelly in “Kelly & Cal.”
Photo courtesy of IFC Films.

First-time feature director Jen McGowan won SXSW Film Festival’s Gamechanger Award for this wonderful film. Entertainment Weekly‘s Karen Valby writes, “In her feature debut, director Jen McGowan displays the unhurried, naturalistic instincts of Nicole Holofcener or Alexander Payne. Her portrait of suburbia is sterile without being sneering, and she finds bursts of humor and pathos in quiet moments.” Valby praises the script, as well: “Amy Lowe Starbin’s unsentimental script grants depth to her supporting characters, too.”

I know both Jen and Amy, and I saw “Kelly & Cal” at an advance screening at ICM Partners. The audience was primarily directors, along with a few other industry folks like myself. We were blown away by this indie gem. Jen and Amy delivered a subtle, edgy, humorous yet heartfelt film. Never saccharin, “Kelly & Cal” examines life after life-altering events with honesty.

You can see “Kelly & Cal” from Friday, September 19, through Thursday, September 25, at the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles. Click here for more details and tickets.

Need a lift to the Arena Cinema? The filmmakers have partnered with Uber to offer free rides to those who see the film. Buy a $12 ticket, get up to a $30 Uber credit! Here’s a link to the “Kelly & Cal” plus Uber offer.

Not in Los Angeles? You can watch “Kelly & Cal” on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, and various cable on-demand platforms.

Please check out this terrific indie film. For more about “Kelly & Cal,” follow the filmmakers on twitter at @KellyandCal.


4 thoughts on “Notable: Los Angeles and VOD premiere of award-winning “Kelly & Cal”

  1. Reblogged this on Jennifer Quintenz and commented:
    Kam Miller’s got a great post up on an awesome indie movie “Kelly & Cal” that – whether or not you know it yet – you really want to see.

    The writer of this gem is a good friend of mine, and I’ve had the privilege of reading a variety of drafts on this project. I can honestly say, from the first draft I read on, I knew this would make an amazing movie.

    Congratulations to Amy, Jen, and the rest of the amazing cast and crew.

    • Ditto. And even though I’d read earlier versions of the script, I was completely immersed in the film. “Kelly & Cal” is a beautiful, subtle, humorous, and heartfelt film that smartly stays clear of sappy-sweet. It all feels realistic and relatable. Thanks for reblogging.

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