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Project of the Day: A Dysfunctional Family Embark on a Lewis and Clark Reenactment Trek

Project of the Day: A Dysfunctional Family Embark on a Lewis and Clark Reenactment Trek

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The Discoverers”

Tweetable Logline:

@TheDiscoverers is a road movie starring Griffin Dunne about a
dysfunctional family forced on a Lewis & Clark historical
reenactment trek.


Elevator Pitch:

3 Generations, 2 Centuries Remixed, 1 Dysfunctional Family: “The
Discoverers” is a bittersweet comedy starring Oscar and Emmy nominee
Griffin Dunne about a family forced on a Lewis and Clark historical
reenactment trek who discover themselves and each other as they make
their own passage across America.

Dubbed a “bright thoughtful indie” by Leonard Matlin, and featuring an
“astounding” performance by Griffin Dunne according to Indiewire’s Don
Simpson, The Discoverers has been picking up awards on the festival
circuit and is now raising funds for a theatrical release on


Production Team:

Writer/director: Justin Schwarz

Producers: Laura Kleger, Justin Schwarz, Louise Lovegrove (Almost Christmas)

DP: Chris Blauvelt (Bling Ring)

Prod. Design: Kelly McGehee (What Maisie Knew)

Editor : Geraud Brisson ( Big Sur)

Composer: Aaron Mirman

Costume Designer: Kim Wilcox (Nobody Walks)

Sound Designer: Rob Bochar (Moneyball)


The Discoverers stars Oscar & Emmy nominee Griffin Dunne (After
Hours), Madeleine Martin (Californication), Emmy-nominee Cara Buono (Mad
Men), Emmy-winner Stuart Margolin (Arbitrage), NBR-winner Ann Dowd
(Compliance), Dreama Walker (Compliance), Devon Graye (American Horror
Story), David Rasche (In the Loop), Becky Ann Baker (Girls), Scott Adsit
(30 Rock), and John C. McGinley (Scrubs).

About the Production:

“The Discoverers began with the idea of exploring family: how it can be
full of comedy and pain (often simultaneously), how it is both our
source of strength and the origin of all our problems. In case the title
wasn’t a giveaway, the film’s about discovery: discovering family,
discovering yourself, discovering history, nature, the road …
discovering America. More than 200 creative people came together to make
this movie, journeying from the city to suburb, from deep into the
forest to the brink of the Pacific and we all experienced our own
personal discoveries that we hope resonate on screen.” –Justin Schwarz

Current Status:

We’ve been invited to more than a dozen festivals (8 in April), won
several awards, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to support our
theatrical release.

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page
Facebook Page
Film Website

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