Directed by Brian Shoaf
FEATURE NARRATIVE 89 Minutes World Premiere
Emily Milburton’s (Jenny Slate) newest therapy patient is Josh Norman (Zachary Quinto), an emotionally challenged introvert who suffers from increasingly volatile hallucinations. Most pressing though, is his estranged relationship with his brother, Craig (Jon Hamm), a famous TV actor who just so happens to be in town for a visit. So what’s the worst that could happen when Craig shows up on Emily’s doorstep?

Skirting the line between quirky comedy and poignant drama, first-time writer-director Brian Shoaf’s Aardvark demonstrates how personal baggage and proverbial closet-bound skeletons can be as strangely unifying as they are harmful. Following her breakout turn in 2014’s Obvious Child, comedian turned versatile actress Jenny Slate gives an especially memorable performance as the emotionally fragile woman caught between two seemingly impenetrable men.

—Liza Domnitz
Drama, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Brian Shoaf directed the award-winning pilot presentation Hamsters, created by Damian Lanigan. Shoaf holds a BFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon and an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. A nationally produced playwright, his acting credits include projects on and off Broadway, as well as the Periods collection of shorts. Aardvark is his directorial debut.

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    US Narrative Competition
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Cast & Credits
  • Composer:
    Heather McIntosh
  • Cast:
    Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate, Jon Hamm, Sheila Vand, Tonya Pinkins, Marin Ireland
  • Screenwriter:
    Brian Shoaf
  • Music Supervisor:
    Meghan Currier
  • Costume Designer:
    Aileen Abercrombie
  • Executive Producer:
    Robert Halmi Jr., Jim Reeve, Brian Shoaf, Corey Moosa
  • Cinematographer:
    Eric Lin
  • Music Editor:
    Suzana Peric
  • Editor:
    Marc Vives
  • 1st Assistant Director:
    Kit Bland
  • Director:
    Brian Shoaf
  • Production Designer:
    Neil Patel
  • Producer:
    Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson, Susan Leber