“Don’t Worry Baby” follows struggling photographer Robert (John Magaro) and his philandering father Harry (Christopher McDonald) as they learn they both had a one-night stand with the same woman, Sarah-Beth (Dreama Walker). Years later, they realize that one of them is the father of Sarah-Beth’s four-year-old daughter.
While they wait for a paternity test, they both decide to assume fatherly duties and soon learn to connect and mend their rocky relationship. The film also stars Tom Lipinski (“Suits”) as Robert’s friend Lenny and Talia Balsam (“Mad Men”) as Robert’s mother and Harry’s ex-wife. Watch the exclusive trailer for the film below.
The film is the feature-length directorial debut of Julian Branciforte, who previously acted in Antonio Campos’ “Afterschool” and directed the shorts “The Necessary Defilement of Harry May Kline” and “Christmas Pooch.”
Magaro has previously appeared in Todd Haynes’ “Carol” and Adam McKay’s “The Big Short.” He’s also a recurring character on “Orange Is the New Black” and appeared on the CBS drama “The Good Wife.” He will also be one of the stars in Woody Allen’s upcoming Amazon series. McDonald is arguably best known for playing villainous golfer Shooter McGavin in “Happy Gilmore,” along with his roles in “Requiem for a Dream,” “Thelma & Louise,” and “The Iron Giant.” Dreama Walker had a starring role on the short-lived sitcom “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”; she also had recurring roles on “Gossip Girl” and “The Good Wife” as well.
Branciforte recently told IndieWire, “Set in New York City, my first feature film dives into the complexity of the relationship between a father and son — whom are competing over the paternity of a child either of them may have fathered. ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ is an examination, or, my mediation, on what it means to grow up. How a disastrous situation can either tear a family apart or as I see it; put a new one together.
“Don’t Worry Baby” premiered at last year’s Sarasota Film Festival. It will be in theaters and On Demand on July 22.