Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis Hit the Road in 'Kodachrome' at the Spring KCET Cinema Series April 10 | KCET
Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis Hit the Road in 'Kodachrome' at the Spring KCET Cinema Series April 10
Q&A immediately following with star Jason Sudeikis producer Shawn Levy.
Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris and Elizabeth Olsen star in a road trip movie that doubles as an elegy for analog in the digital age. Times change, film formats come and go…but familial grudges never fade. Using the imminent death of a parent as its catalyst (see: "Garden State," "Elizabethtown," "Nebraska," "Big Fish," "August Osage County," etc.), the film is a moving portrait of a father and child reunion. Matt Ryder (Sudeikis) is an A&R man for a boutique record label feeling irrelevant as the music business grows increasingly shallow. The digital age also feels like the end of an era for Matt’s father, Ben (Harris), a famous photographer who shoots exclusively on film.
Following a grim diagnosis of liver cancer for Ben after years of estrangement, Matt is approached by his father’s assistant Zoe (Olsen) to accompany them on a final pilgrimage. Ben wants to take one last trip to Parsons, Kansas, so he can develop some rolls of film before the world’s only remaining Kodachrome lab closes its doors. Matt reluctantly agrees, but holds no false hope that he and the old man will ever resolve their grievances. As someone who preserves the moments of others but neglects his own family for his art, Ben is a prickly figure who is hard to love…and Matt will need more than a scenic drive to bury the hatchet. Still, time and travel have a way of putting things in perspective, and these two may just get somewhere before the long and winding road comes to its end. The feature, of course, is shot on film.
Directed by Mark Raso, the film is written by Jonathan Tropper and based on A.G. Sulzberger's 2010 New York Times article "For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas" about a father and son who journey to Kansas in order to develop photographs at Kodak's last Kodachrome lab before it shutters.
“The very first short I ever did was on film,” Raso explains, speaking to his affection for the format. “I hadn’t touched it for maybe 12, 15 years, and one thing that it did that I kind of enjoyed—and I think it relates to the broader spectrum of this move toward digital — is it made me more present on set, because you couldn’t push a button to re-watch what you shot. It kind of grounded me, it kind of made me present, and I think that was a wonderful thing.”
“Kodachrome” will be released on April 20 by Netflix. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Q&A immediately following with star Jason Sudeikis and producer Shawn Levy and Pete Hammond of KCET’s KCET’s Must See Movies.
Deadline.com is the official media sponsor for the spring season of the KCET Cinema Series. The series began on February 20 and runs through April 10. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks (15301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403). Nearby parking is available.
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