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IN THE FAMILY
Chip Hines (Sebastian Banes), a precocious and loving six year-old, only knows life with his two Dads, Cody Hines, his biological father, “Pa”, (Trevor St. John) and the kind and resourceful Joey Williams, “Dad” (writer-director Wang). Both men are embraced by Cody’s family and by their community of co-workers and friends. Caught up in the subtle rhythms of their small, sophisticated Southern town, Martin, Tennessee, Cody teaches Junior High Math and Joey is a general contractor who has been supervising the restoration and preservation of a mansion owned by retired attorney Paul Hawks and his wife Marge (Susan Kellermann. Suddenly their world is shattered when Cody is killed in a car accident. Gradually Joey and young Chip work to regroup and regain their balance until Joey learns that Cody’s Will, written six years earlier, was never amended to insure his position as Chip’s Dad; Cody had named his sister, Eileen, as Chip’s legal guardian, and Chip is taken away from Joey. When Joey objects, a restraining order is placed against him. Instantly Joey is without standing in a world he had trusted as safe, rational, and loving. Written & directed by Patrick Wang. With Sebastian Brodziak, Trevor St. John, Patrick Wang, Eugene Brell, Elaine Bromka, Eisa Davis, Peter Hermann, Susan Kellermann, Kelly McAndrew, Brian Murray, Park Overall & Zoe Winters. MPAA Rating: NR, 35mm, 2011, USA, Run Time: 169 mins.
IN THE FAMILY was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Additionally, the film was awarded both the Best Narrative Feature Award and the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival last March.
About the Director
Wang graduated from MIT with a degree in Economics and studied energy policy, game theory, and income inequality. As a theater director, he has specialized in classical verse drama and new works including SURVIVING THE NIAN, which was awarded the Jonathan Larson Award. He has taught and directed productions at the Stella Adler Studio and The neighborhood Playhouse. As an actor, he has appeared in SURVEILLANCES (Panavision Prize), SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Filmmaker Magazine recently named Wang one of “25
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