Creating an account with gives you access to more features and services, like our weekly newsletter and other special features just for the film community.



Directed by Robert Schwartzman
FEATURE NARRATIVE 89 Minutes World Premiere
Robert Schwartzman makes his directorial debut with this comedy about dreams and the costs paid to reach them. Part-time pianist and full-time underdog Monty Fagan (Johnny Simmons) fills in on the ivories at an upscale hotel and the seemingly dead-end assignment sets into motion a May-December romance that upends his home life and dramatically reshapes his worldview. As Monty says early on about the requirements of a quality music performance, “Sometimes you have to step back and contemplate what it is you’re doing.”

Schwartzman and co-writer Benjamin Font offer an update on The Graduate, cut with a little piano music. Monty and the people in his life discover just how quickly impulsive decisions go bad, and that shortcuts are no substitute for honest, dedicated hard work. Simmons skillfully handles Monty’s growth, alongside a set of perfectly cast co-stars who push or manipulate him along the way: Amy Landecker, Frankie Shaw, Alan Ruck, Beverly D’Angelo, Noël Wells, elder Schwartzman Jason and their mother Talia Shire.

—Shayna Weingast
Drama, Comedy, Music
About the Director(s)
Robert Coppola Schwartzman is a filmmaker and accomplished musician. He formed the band ROONEY in 1999 and signed with Interscope/Geffen records in 2002. He studied film at The Oxford Media School and has acted in multiple films, including The Princess Diaries and The Virgin Suicides.

Film Info
  • Section:
    US Narrative Competition
  • Year:
  • Length:
    89 minutes
  • Language:
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
Cast & Credits
  • Editor:
    Christopher Donlon
  • Costume Design:
    Kate DeBlasio
  • Casting:
    Barbara J. McCarthy
  • Assitant Director:
    Drew Langer
  • Producer:
    Mel Eslyn, Robert Schwartzman
  • Co-Producer:
    Alison Kelly
  • Cinematographer:
    Benjamin Kasulke
  • Production Designer:
    Danielle Laubach
  • Music Supervisor:
    Brienne Rose
  • Screenwriter:
    Benjamin Font, Robert Schwartzman
  • Cast:
    Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, Jason Schwartzman, Noël Wells, Alan Ruck, Beverly D'Angelo, Talia Shire, Shay Mitchell, Frankie Shaw, Nick Thune
  • Director:
    Robert Schwartzman



When tickets for a screening or event are no longer available, they will be listed as RUSH. The Rush system functions as a stand-by line that will form at the venue approximately 45 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin 15 minutes prior to program start time. Rush Tickets are the same price as advance tickets payable upon entry. There is a limit of one Rush Ticket per person.