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"Paper Man" To Open LAFF

A scene from Michele and Kieran Mulroney's "Paper Man." Image courtesy of the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Film Independent has announced that "Paper Man" will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. Written and directed by first-time filmakers Michele and Kieran Mulroney, the film is described by the festival as "the coming-of-middle-age story of Richard Dunn (Jeff Daniels), a writer caught between the pressures of deadlines, the expectations of his wife (Lisa Kudrow), and the constant presence of the superhero (Ryan Reynolds) who's lived inside his head since 2nd Grade. And then he meets a girl – a Long Island teenager (Emma Stone) whose friendship shows him that no matter how much it hurts, it's never too late to grow up."

“We wanted to find an independent gem to launch the Los Angeles Film Festival, and we got our wish with the world premiere of this tender, funny, original film from two vibrant new directing talents, Michele and Kieran Mulroney,” said Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham in a statement.

“We love the spirit of the Los Angeles Film Festival and are just thrilled to get the chance to premiere our film in front of our hometown audience. It’s really an honor,” said the Mulroneys in a statement.

The film is produced by two-time Academy Award nominee Richard Gladstein through his FilmColony, Guymon Casady through his Film 360, and Art Spigel and Ara Katz through their Artfire Films, who also fully financed the production. Executive Producers include Dan Fireman from Artfire and Fireman Capital Partners, and Darin Friedman from Film 360.

Worldwide distribution rights remain available for the film, which will premiere on Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mann Village Theater. The Los Angeles Film Festival will run from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 28. Check out he festival's full lineup here.

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