Directed by: Dave McCarey
Cast: Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, Andy Samberg, Kyle Mooney and Greg Kinnear
USA / 2017 / Comedy/Drama / 14A Language may offend, substance abuse / 97 min.
This is not suitable for children.
“Mooney and his pals have created a love letter to nostalgia. Don’t dismiss this unorthodox ode to cartoons of old — it’s a treasure.” – Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan v.s. Kaplan
“Brigsby Bear crushes the big blockbusters for entertainment value and for eliciting real human emotions.” – David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Superfan James is obsessed with the clever if quaintly goofy kids’ show Brigsby Bear to the point of religiosity. A bright, sensitive young adult still living at home, he has grown up with this fantasy series, and the program has grown with him as well — getting more complex over the years. But to say James’ intensely protective parents have kept their son a bit sheltered is an understatement. One dramatic night, James’ insular world is upended. Through the disorienting but sporadically hilarious transition to a new life that follows, Brigsby remains James’ security blanket and, upon learning the series has been cancelled, he adopts the old adage that the show must go on. Family members and authority figures fret over James’ fixation, but by becoming Brigsby Bear’s new creator instead of just a viewer in the dark, he finally accesses all the meaningful connections his life has lacked. By telling his story, James repairs it — producing in the process an inventively offbeat and profoundly uplifting love letter to the redemptive power of creativity.
Won – Best Narrative, Provincetown International Film Festival, 2017
Nominated – Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival, 2017
Nominated – Best Film, Jameson CineFest – Miskolc International Film Festival, 2017
Nominated – People’s Choice (Best Narrative),
Melbourne International Film Festival, 2017
Nominated – Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic), Sundance Film Festival, 2017
Nominated – Audience Award (Best Narrative Feature), Sydney Film Festival, 2017