added: Mon, Jan 30th '17
Two former childhood friends fumble through a long and awkward afternoon in the newly-released trailer for the offbeat indie comedy "Donald Cried," which is being presented by comedian Danny McBride, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Jody Hill, and producer Brandon James.
In what is essentially a showcase vehicle for writer, director, and star Kris Avedisian, who is making his feature film debut, "Donald Cried" centers on an unexpected reunion between a buttoned-up Manhattan banker, Peter (played by Jesse Wakeman), and his old neighborhood chum, Donald (Avedisian), who apparently hasn't moved out of his mother's house, nor has he fully embraced adulthood.
When Peter accidently loses his wallet on the day he's returned to the house of his recently deceased grandmother, he's forced to ask the next-door neighbor (and his former obnoxious friend from childhood) Donald for a ride back into the city. The thing is, Donald has other plans for him -- like getting a quick bite to eat at the local diner and perhaps, afterwards, a little friendly game of snowball.
"Donald Cried" premiered to mostly positive reviews at last year's SXSW Film Festival. It's now slated for a March 3rd theatrical release.
Director/writer/star Kris Avedisian expertly deconstructs the contemporary obsession with the "man-child" in this darkly funny story about former childhood best friends who reconnect decades later in their working-class Rhode Island neighborhood. Peter Latang (Jesse Wakeman) left his childhood home of Warwick, Rhode Island to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. When he's suddenly forced to return home to bury his grandmother, he loses his wallet on the trip and ends up at looseends. Stranded and broke, Peter looks to the only person he can think of to help him out- his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald (played by Avedisian). The ever-eccentric Donald hasn't changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into along and unhinged van ride into their past. Painfully awkward moments and increasingly bizarre -- and dangerous -- hijinks ensue, as the friends rediscover their stifled aggression and teenaged rebelliousness. Avedisian’s pitch-perfect first feature is a brilliant twist on the family-reunion melodrama and the classic buddy comedy.
directed by Kris Avedisian
starring Kris Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman
release date March 3, 2017