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On the verge of a mid-life crisis, Alex seizes his final shot at stand-up comedy fame. But without any jokes, he returns to his hometown in Michigan for inspiration, where a reunion with his childhood best friend and ex-girlfriend sets off a hilarious chain of blunders and leaves him as the only one not laughing.
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Austin Film FestivalAustin, Texas
October 26, 2023
What drew me to the story when I first read it was how raw and real it was. I’ll Be There is a heartfelt story about a young woman finally finding peace with her blended family. The film is based on real events and rooted in reality, but I was also drawn to the deeply interior and dreamlike moments in the story, which become more frequent and surreal for Grace with each passing sleep-deprived day.
This was always envisioned as an Austin-based project, and one of the many challenges we faced in development and pre-production was finding a credible approach to doubling Austin, Texas for 2009-era Los Angeles. Our locations team was up to the task and found terrific options for the myriad locations called for in the script, including Circuit of the Americas, an F1 race track that doubles beautifully for the 5 Freeway! Our cast is led by the brilliant New York- and L.A.-based actors Jasmine Batchelor, Ryan Cooper, Dorien Wilson, and Victoria Kelleher, but filming in Austin also allowed us to take advantage of a wonderful pool of diverse talent behind and in front of the camera, including Texas-based actors Marc Pouhé, Ajna Jai, Donny Boaz, Mikala Gibson, Jeremy Batiste, Celestina Harris, Casandra Canales, Kianna Sanchez, Cleofas Soto, Kenneth Bradley, and Erik Mathew.
Alex’s first feature, Hickey, premiered at SXSW and went on to win best director at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival before selling to Gravitas. As a commercial director, he’s helmed global campaigns for brands like Nike and Gatorade. In 2019 he was the most-awarded commercial comedy director at Cannes, winning over a dozen gold lions.
Director: Alex Grossman
Country: United States
Runtime: 80 min
Writer: Alex Grossman
Producer: Dan Keston
Cinematography: Stephen Smith
Editor: Lian McFalls