2015 | dir. John Magary | 111 min
Presented by David Gordon Green
(Pineapple Express, All the Real Girls, Eastbound & Down)
For anyone who’s ever loathed and loved a sibling in equal measure, THE MEND is the wonderfully strange and acidic debut comedy from writer / director John Magary. Shot through with the wicked humor and anarchy of Bruce Robinson’s WITHNAIL & I and Mike Leigh’s NAKED, The Mend follows a mismatched yin-yang pair of NYC brothers, loose cannon Mat (Josh Lucas in a career-best performance) and put-upon Alan (Stephen Plunkett) as they stagger dimly towards some understanding of love, women, masculinity and what it truly means to be a brother.
Featuring a gorgeous, minimalist score by Michi Wiancko & Judd Greenstein and beautiful, fluid cinematography by Chris Teague (OBVIOUS CHILD), the film unfolds as three stylistically distinct but interwoven acts, each with its own mesmerizing rhythm. With superb supporting performances by Mickey Sumner (FRANCES HA) and Lucy Owen as the brothers’ sharp-tongued girlfriends.
“Bizarre and beautiful and organic” – David Gordon Green.
|Aug 21-27, 2015||IFC Center||New York, NY||get ’em|
|Aug 28-Sept 3, 2015||Sundance Sunset Cinema||Los Angeles, CA||get ’em|
|Aug 28-Sept 3, 2015||Digital Gym||San Diego, CA||get ’em||Aug 30, 2015||Texas Theatre||Dallas, TX||get ’em||Sept 5, 2015||PhilaMOCA||Philadelphia, PA||get ’em|
|Sept 9-11, 2015||Guild Cinema||Albuquerque, NM||get ’em|
|Sept 11-17, 2015||The Myrna Loy Center||Helena, MT||get ’em|
|Sept 11-17, 2015||Northwest Film Forum||Seattle, WA||get ’em|
|Sept 11-17, 2015||Facets||Chicago, IL||get ’em|
|Sept 25-Oct 1, 2015||Magic Lantern Carlton Cinema||Toronto, ON||get ’em|
|Sept 11&13, 2015||Austin Film Society||Austin, TX||get ’em|
|Oct 9-11, 2015||The Vidiots Foundation||Santa Monica, CA||get ’em|
|Oct 14, 2015||The Public Cinema||Knoxville, TN||get ’em|
|Nov 7, 2015||Made in NY Media Center by IFP||Brooklyn, NY||get ’em|
|Dec 7, 2015||Videology||Brooklyn, NY||get ’em|
|Dec 11-13, 2015||UWM Union Theater||Milwaukee, WI||get ’em|
|Jan 2, 2016||Museum of the Moving Image||Astoria, NY||get ’em|
|Jan 6-7, 2016||Roxie Theatre||San Francisco, CA||get ’em|
|Jan 17, 2016||3S Artspace||Portsmouth, NH||get ’em|
|Mar 29, 2016||Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN||get ’em|
Josh Lucas in THE MEND
By Ross A. Lincoln and Amanda N’Duka
April 8, 2015
Cinelicious Pics has snatched up all North American rights for The Mend, the debut film from director John Magary. Starring Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Austin Pendleton, Cory Nichols, Louisa Krause, Leo Fitzpatrick and Sarah Steele, The Mend is a trippy comedy about a pair of NYC-based brothers stumbling through relationships, family and their own manhood. From Moxie Pictures in association with Discount Films, it’s produced by Myna Joseph and Michael Prall, executive produced by Robert Fernandez, Dan Levinson, Michael Hacker and Susannah Hacker, and presented for its North American release by Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green. The deal was negotiated by Kristine Blumensaadt, Dennis Bartok, and David Marriott, all of Cinelicious, with Traction Media’s Maren Olson on behalf of the filmmakers.