While it might seem like Demetri Martin is simply following the wave of fellow comedians moving into film, had things gone differently, he would already have one high profile project under his belt. Back when Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct his docu-drama style version of “Moneyball,” Martin was lined up to play the role of real-life statistician Paul De Podesta. That never panned out, but he’s gone on to write, direct and star in his own feature, “Dean.”
Also featuring Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, Mary Steenburgen, Reid Scott, Rory Scovel, Christine Woods, Ginger Gonzaga, Peter Scolari, and Briga Heelan, the story follows a young who is trying to move on and find himself following the death of his mother. Here’s the official synopsis:
Writer/Director/Comedian Demetri Martin stars alongside Academy Award winner Kevin Kline in this comedic and heartfelt tale about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss and everything in between. Dean (Martin) is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert (Kline) takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans.
Winner of the Founders Award For Best Narrative Feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, “Dean” opens on June 2nd.