In April 2003, I came across Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden for the first time. It was during the inaugural Independent Film Festival of Boston, and the pair — the awfully young pair — were introducing their short Have You Seen This Man?, a funny profile of NY artist Geoff Lupo. The film had a fascinating subject, a wonderful sense of humor and, ultimately, the festival audience award.
Since then, it’s been a thrill to watch these Half Nelson collaborators (left, on the set of Sugar with Algenis Perez Soto) become two of the most vital members of the American movie landscape. They still have an uncanny ability to find unique stories and deliver an intimate style.
Now, they follow up Sugar, their acclaimed movie about a Dominican baseball hopeful, with It’s Kind of a Funny Story, an adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s young adult novel, about a depressed kid who finds his way after checking into an adult psychiatric ward. The lead role of Craig Gilner is being played by 17-year-old Keir Gilchrist (right, from the Toni Collette Showtime series The United States of Tara). Shooting on It’s Kind of a Funny Story began in early December and is scheduled to wrap February 2.
:: CAST: Other stars include Zach Galifianakis (currently appearing in every movie), Nancy Drew star Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Viola Davis and Jim Gaffigan
:: RELEASE DATE: In theaters November 2010.