Directed by: Brett Haley 2017 | 96 min.

Section: HIFF Spring Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music


As single dad Frank (Nick Offerman) prepares to send hardworking daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to UCLA pre-med, he also reluctantly realizes he has to accept that his own record-store business is failing. Hoping to stay connected with his daughter through their shared love of music, he urges her to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into an actual band. Channeling Sam’s resistance into a band name, they unexpectedly find We’re Not a Band’s first song turning into a minor Spotify hit, and they use their songwriting efforts to work through their feelings about the life changes each of them faces.

Offerman and Clemons provide genuine warmth and chemistry as father and daughter, and they collaborate spiritedly on their characters’ catchy, heartfelt musical offerings, while Toni Collette and Sasha Lane contribute charming and multi-faceted performances of their own as the pair’s respective potential love interests. Director Brett Haley (a Sundance Film Festival alum with I’ll SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS and THE HERO) foregrounds sincerity and affection in this gentle, evocative ode to the bittersweetness of everyday life.




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Cast & Crew

Director Brett Haley
Screenwriter Marc Basch, Brett Haley
Producer Sam Bisbee, Houston King, Sam Slater
Executive Producer Lance Acord, David Bernon, Paul Bernon, Franklin Carson, Theodora Dunlap, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Nick Offerman, Rowan Riley
Cast Kiersey Clemons, Toni Collette, Blythe Danner, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Nick Offerman
Cinematographer Eric Lin
Production Designer Erin Magill
Editor Patrick Colman
Music Keegan DeWitt
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