Searching for Sonny (2011)
Written by: Andrew Disney
Featuring: Jason Dohring, Minka Kelly, Masi Oka, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, Michael Kagan, Michael Hogan, Clarke Peters
Been to your high school reunion lately? I haven't. I was there for my fifth but, for the tenth and the fifteenth, I politely declined. It wasn't that I intensely disliked anyone from that period of my life (anymore…) or was worried about my status. I just decided that I didn't have any unfinished business, and if I did, well, I just hate the parking situation in that area, okay?
Elliot Knight (Jason Dohring, Moonlight and Veronica Mars), the protagonist of writer/director Andrew Disney's feature-length debut, Searching For Sonny, has plenty of unfinished business. When he gets a postcard about his tenth reunion, seemingly containing a message from his former high school pal Sonny Bosco (Masi Oka, Heroes and Hawaii Five-0), he decides to head home,
Red Sea has acquired the offbeat romantic comedy Free Samples, which marks the feature film debut of director Jay Gammill. Written by Jim Beggarly (The Kitchen), and produced by Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer for Film Harvest, the film tells the story of a law-school dropout who fills in as a server at her friend's ice cream truck, doling out free samples to locals and oddball friends alike, including a man courting her who she barely remembers from the night before.
In today's landscape of independent film, it isn't uncommon for a movie to be released in theaters and other platforms simultaneously. Searching for Sonny is the latest to take advantage of these multiple venues, arriving in limited theaters, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD August 28. Fans can clickHere to request a screening through Tugg. This comedy centers on a group of friends who reunite at their 10-year high school reunion, only to discover they are the prime suspects in the disappearance of their old friend Sonny (Masi Oka). They realize that these unfolding events bear an uncanny similarity to a play once written by Sonny himself.
I recently had the chance to speak with Masi Oka over the phone about his character in writer-director Andrew Disney's new comedy. Here's what he had to say.
Searching for Sonny poster signed by cast members Jason Dohring, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, and writer-director Andrew Disney
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Searching for Sonny is a hilarious comedy that follows reunited friends,
The Texas-produced feature film Searching For Sonny is on tour around Texas this month as part of the Texas Independent Film Network's Fall 2012 program. It returns to Austin after having its world premiere at Austin Film Festival 2011. After winning 13 major awards on the festival circuit -- including the Best of Fest at the Hill Country Film Festival -- writer/director Andrew Disney (pictured above) will be at the screening when the roadshow lands in Austin next week.
You can buy tickets now to see the Fort Worth-shot movie at the Violet Crown Cinema on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30 pm. I saw it at Aff and my review describes it as "kinky and subversive, dark and outrageous." Here's my synopsis from that review:
"Jason Dohring stars as Elliot Knight, an unsuccessful 28-year-old pizza delivery driver. Jason receives a surprise invitation to his 10-year class reunion from his estranged best friend,
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Searching for Sonny is a hilarious comedy that follows reunited friends, Elliott (Jason Dohring), Calvin (Nick Kocher) and Eden (Minka Kelly), who find themselves chief suspects in a murder mystery at their ten-year high school reunion. Ironically, the events surrounding the disappearance of their friend Sonny (Masi Oka), is reminiscent of a
Jason Dohring stars as Elliot Knight, an unsuccessful 28-year-old pizza delivery driver. Depressed by his lack of accomplishments, Elliot's neuroses include envy of Jesus Christ for being wildly successful before the age of 30.
Jason receives a surprise invitation to his 10-year class reunion from his estranged best friend,
Hollywoodnews.com: A handful of stellar titles with Oscar aspirations have been programmed into this year’s Austin Film Festival schedule, which begins on Oct. 20 with an as-yet-unnamed Opening Night selection.
In between, Aff audiences will get their first looks at Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” and Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” – all films with awards hopes that will screen as part of the festival’s Marquee category.
“We’re proud to be taking our program in some exciting new directions while maintaining our focus on strong writing and engaging stories,” said new Film Programmers Stephen Jannise and Stephen Belyeu.
In addition, the fest has set up special screenings of “Toy Story” (presented by John Lasseter), an “Edward Scissorhands” screening, and a tribute to Polly Platt
Post-"Vm" Highlights -- "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Couples Retreat," and "You Again." She's also scheduled to return to television next season in a Showtime series about a consulting firm.
Grade: B+. "Be Cool, Soda Pop."
Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennell)
Post-"Vm" highlights: Fennell has been in one episode of three different basic cables series, "In Plain Sight," "Raising the Bar," and "Southland." He is set for a small part in a Robert Townsend film and C.L.A.S.S., what looks like a straight-to-dvd film with Tom Sizemore.
Grade: D-. "I suddenly feel like I'm in a scene from The Outsiders."
Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls)
Post-"Vm" highlights:a regular in the short-lived series, "Moonlight," and episodes of "Lie to Me" and "CSI." He also has a movie coming out this year with several other TV cast-offs, including Minka Kelly, Clarke Peters, Michael Hogan, and Masi Oka. It's called Searching for Sonny.
Many still regard them as flatulent waste products of the socially deficient unemployed-layabout community. In most cases, they're pretty much right. But it looks increasingly likely that some of the amateur fan films that pervade YouTube and other online broadcasters will one day be cherished by movie-lovers as the formative works of the next generation of cutting-edge film-makers.
The idea of the fan film – an amateur, not-for-profit work inspired by a commercial movie, TV show or comic book – isn't new. Even before science fiction conventions in the 1970s began to provide sizeable audiences for homemade homages to much-loved sci-fi/fantasy franchises, teenage movie geeks such as Hugh Hefner and Batman fan Andy Warhol were finding their film-making feet making short
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