Left by his wife, broody and foul-mouthed fifth-grade teacher Ethan Collins has no partner, no writing prospects, and no control over his students—but the one thing he does have is tenure. Knowing he can’t be fired by his nemesis, Assistant Principal Gruber, Ethan decides to channel his life’s frustrations into the annual school play. He casts his 10-year-old students in an autobiographical, totally age-inappropriate opus, in the hopes that the last-ditch effort will save his failing marriage. Will this be his greatest accomplishment or his most misguided lesson to date? [Synopsis courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival]
Cora, a disenchanted and troubled young woman, begrudgingly answers phones at a Prayer Call Center under the watchful direction of its religious leader Bill. When her prayers start making a difference, one caller shows up convinced he’s been saved by her voice. With the discovery of her newfound gift, Cora struggles to reconcile her troubled past and grapples with the faith that others have started to show in her.
Jimmy Price (Jeremy Sisto) is a reckless man-child on the last leg of his career as a doubles tennis player. When his latest partner drops him, he realizes he’s officially burned all of his bridges on the pro circuit. He decides to make one last ditch effort to revive his career, reaching outside of the tennis world and convincing his childhood partner — his estranged brother Darren (David Walton), now an apathetic substitute teacher — to team up with him. The mismatched pair, with the help of a unique 11-year-old named Barry (Joshua Rush), make an unlikely run at a grand slam tournament and are forced to re-discover their game, and their brotherhood. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]