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Published On: Wed, Mar 20th, 2013

Somebody Up There Likes Me with Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, and Bob Byington @ Cinefamily Theater, 3/15/13

Chris PrattIf you like your humor quirky with a side of magical realism, then writer-director Bob Byington’s film Somebody Up There Likes Me, will charm. At Friday’s Cinefamily screening in Los Angeles, this offbeat slice of life was augmented by a fun Q&A with co-star and producer Nick Offerman (Parks and Rec) and director Byington, moderated by another Parks and Rec alum, Chris Pratt.

A stellar example of indie filmmaking at it’s best – short, sweet, different yet relatable, Somebody covers 35 years in the life of Max Youngman (Keith Poulson), his friend Sal (Offerman), and the woman they both care about – and Max marries, Lyla (Jess Weixler).

Possibly due to a magical suitcase, the characters don’t age physically, although they do pass through the portals of life, love, sex, and business together.

The film’s episodic, pleasantly surreal feel is reminiscent of the films of French indie filmmaker Quentin Dupieux (Wrong, Rubber, Wrong Cops), witty, off-beat, sarcastic, and hard to pin down. Somebody has a light heart, a sure touch, and a terrific, catchy score by Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend.

During the q&a an audience member suggested the film had the feel of Carnal Knowledge. Offerman parried that he wasn’t familiar with that – “the film, not the knowledge. I know all about that…”

Shot in Austin in 26 summer days, according to Offerman the shoot was “hot.” The film itself was – cool. Catch it while you can in the theater, or on iTunes or VOD.

About the Author

- Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and produced screen and television writer. New books include the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse (Crimson); more romance and mystery with Between the Sheets (Entangled), co-written with Linda Marr; and the mystery thriller Marathon (Five Star/Cenage). Her previous titles include the award winning romantic suspense of The Model Man and Five O’Clock Shadow (Kensington); the literary fiction of Dreamtown (FictionWorks), and the erotic novella Rodeo Man (as Nikki Alton) in The Cowboy anthology (Aphrodisia). In film, her work spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy with an emphasis on independent film. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, she’s written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and documentaries for TLC, Lifetime, PBS, and HGTV, as well as numerous television commercials and corporate videos. She’s also written hundreds of articles on travel, love, the arts, writing, tech, food, parenting, and more.

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Somebody Up There Likes Me with Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, and Bob Byington @ Cinefamily Theater, 3/15/13