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SPOTLIGHT

ROADIE

Directed by Michael Cuesta
FEATURE NARRATIVE 95 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE ROADIE

Some people spend their adulthood living out their childhood dream. Only what happens when the dream ends? After 20 years as a roadie for Blue Öyster Cult, Jimmy Testagross (Ron Eldard) has nowhere to go but home. Reluctantly he returns to his mother's (Lois Smith) home in Queens, New York, where he pretends he's only there for a quick visit, and soon realizes that his mother is teetering toward dementia. At the local bar, he runs into his high school crush (Jill Hennessy), now married to his old nemesis (Bobby Cannavale). Building a future for himself means confronting these relationships from the past.

Using a minimalist approach, director Michael Cuesta and co-writer Gerald Cuesta set Roadie over the course of one day and night with three main characters, taking the time to fully explore the dynamics between them. Eldard easily evokes Jimmy's inner frustrations while Hennessy and Cannavale give realistic performances as a pair who never left town but moved on in life. Roadie is about a generation coming to a crossroads in life where you can't escape the past but you can't relive it either.

Drama, Music
About the Director(s)
MICHAEL CUESTA made his feature debut with L.I.E., which was nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards, including best feature and director. His second feature, Twelve and Holding, premiered at Toronto, was released by IFC, and was nominated for Independent Spirit's John Cassavetes Award. His third film, Tell Tale, premiered at Tribeca.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2011
  • Length:
    95 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy, Lois Smith, Bobby Cannavale, David Margulies, Catherine Wolf
  • Director:
    Michael Cuesta
  • Screenwriter:
    Gerald Cuesta, Michael Cuesta
  • Producer:
    Mike Downey, Sirad Balducci
  • Original Music By:
    Chris Seefried
  • Cinematography:
    Andrew Lilien
  • Editor:
    Kane Platt
  • Casting by:
    Judy Henderson

Contacts
  • Director's Agent
    Adriana Alberghetti
    William Morris Endeavor
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: 310.285.9000
    aalberghetti@endeavorla.com
  • Producer
    Sirad Balducci
    Venice, CA 90291
    Phone: 310-452-9699
    balducci.sirad@verizon.net
  • Press Contact
    Jeremy Walker
    Jeremy Walker & Associates
    New York, NY 10023
    Phone: 212 595 6161
    jw@jeremywalker.com
  • Main Contact
    Mike Downey
    HERO Content
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 646.480.5508
    mike@herocontent.com
  • Technical Contact
    Dorian Cross
    HERO Content
    Phone: 646.480.5508
  • Director
    Michael Cuesta
    c/o Endeavor
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 310 248 2000
    powertothecattle@gmail.com
  • Director's Agent
    Adriana Alberghetti
    William Morris Endeavor
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: 310.285.9000
    aalberghetti@endeavorla.com
  • Producer
    Sirad Balducci
    Venice, CA 90291
    Phone: 310-452-9699
    balducci.sirad@verizon.net
  • Press Contact
    Jeremy Walker
    Jeremy Walker & Associates
    New York, NY 10023
    Phone: 212 595 6161
    jw@jeremywalker.com
  • Main Contact
    Mike Downey
    HERO Content
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 646.480.5508
    mike@herocontent.com
  • Technical Contact
    Dorian Cross
    HERO Content
    Phone: 646.480.5508
  • Director
    Michael Cuesta
    c/o Endeavor
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 310 248 2000
    powertothecattle@gmail.com

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