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ENCOUNTERS

WONDERFUL WORLD

Directed by Josh Goldin
FEATURE NARRATIVE 89 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE WONDERFUL WORLD
Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) is a failed children's folk singer, a career proofreader, a compulsive marijuana smoker, and a less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. He's also the most negative man alive. Floundering in all aspects of his life, Ben's only comfort comes from regular chess games and friendly debates on game theory with his Senegalese roommate Ibou. When Ibou is suddenly struck ill, and an insensitive municipal employee exacerbates the emergency situation, Ben's pessimistic worldview seems unequivocally confirmed. His only recourse is to pour his energies into a frivolous lawsuit against the city for depraved indifference. But Ben soon finds that cynicism may be all a matter of perspective.

Writer/director Josh Goldin increasingly calls into question Ben's misanthropy and carefully navigates the character's midlife melancholy as a possible product of his own mind. Goldin delicately balances both seriousness and levity, giving texture and depth to this offbeat and entertaining character study. Broderick brings the unlikable but undeniably savable Ben to life with the wry antics of his performance.
Drama, Comedy, Romantic Comedy
About the Director(s)
Josh Goldin (b. New York City) earned a BA in English literature and an MFA in film from Columbia. He collaborated with his brother Daniel Goldin on screenplays like Darkman (directed by Sam Raimi) and Night at the Museum. His first solo project, From the Life of Abe Brennan, was selected for the Sundance Director's Lab. Goldin alternates between writing character-based dramas and comedies and writing pilots for cable TV. He is currently at work on a highly neurotic comic drama called Look At Me as well as a dramatic thriller pilot for FX called Outlaw Country.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Encounters
  • Year:
    2008
  • Length:
    89 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Phillip Baker Hall, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jodelle Ferland, Ally Walker
  • Director:
    Josh Goldin
  • Screenwriter:
    Josh Goldin
  • Producer:
    Miranda Bailey, Matt Leutwyler, Glenn Williamson
  • Executive Producer:
    Lampton Enochs
  • Co-Producer:
    Julie Sandor
  • Associate Producer:
    Amanda Marshall
  • Composer:
    Craig Richey

Contacts
  • Director
    Josh Goldin
    910 Nowita Place Venice, CA 90291
    Phone: 310 621 6144
    joshgoldin@ca.rr.com
  • Press Contact
    Sara Groves
    42West
    220 West 42nd Street, 12th Fl. New York, NY 10036
    Phone: 212 277 7555
    sara.groves@42west.net
  • Print Source
    Amanda Marshall
    Production Executive
    Ambush Entertainment
    7364 1/2 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone: P: 323-951-9197
    amanda@ambushentertainment.com
  • International Sales Agent
    Bill Stephens
    K5 International
    18 Sherwoods Road Watford, UK WD194AZ
    Phone: 44-192-333-3597
    bill@k5international.com
  • Director
    Josh Goldin
    910 Nowita Place Venice, CA 90291
    Phone: 310 621 6144
    joshgoldin@ca.rr.com
  • Press Contact
    Sara Groves
    42West
    220 West 42nd Street, 12th Fl. New York, NY 10036
    Phone: 212 277 7555
    sara.groves@42west.net
  • Print Source
    Amanda Marshall
    Production Executive
    Ambush Entertainment
    7364 1/2 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone: P: 323-951-9197
    amanda@ambushentertainment.com
  • International Sales Agent
    Bill Stephens
    K5 International
    18 Sherwoods Road Watford, UK WD194AZ
    Phone: 44-192-333-3597
    bill@k5international.com

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