And Punching the Clown

Comedian-songwriter Henry Phillips (Henry Phillips) is lured to LA by renowned TV producer Jay Warren (J.K. Simmons), who hopes to create a television series about the life of a struggling performer. With the support of his longtime musician friend Jillian (Tig Notaro), and his well-meaning, but subpar, manager Ellen Pinsky (Ellen Ratner), Henry endures the ups and downs of LA; securing what appears to be the Hollywood dream. But when a major TV network gets involved with the show, Henry must decide whether his legacy will be to make jokes, or become the butt of them.

People, Places, Things

​​​​From the moment graphic novelist Will Henry accidentally walks in on his wife, Charlie, with another man, his life officially begins to suck. Not only is he exiled from Brooklyn to a tiny studio apartment in Astoria and forced to see his adorable twin daughters only on weekends, but according to Charlie, the separation is all his fault. As he muddles through single fathering and teaching college, a defeated Will sits up nights at his drafting table, illustrating his frustrations and loneliness—aptly symbolized by an ever-growing brick wall jammed between him and his family. When a student challenges Will to pursue new people, places, and things, his obsessions—both graphic and real—take new form. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]