The Los Angeles Film Festival will open on June 18 with the world premiere of Paper Man.
Michele and Kieran Mulroney wrote and make their feature directorial debut with the “coming-of-middle-age” story. Jeff Daniels stars as a writer who struggles with his work, his wife (Lisa Kudrow), the superhero in his imagination (Ryan Reynolds) and a teenage girl (Emma Stone) he befriends.
Producers are Richard Gladstein through FilmColony, Guymon Casady through Film 360, and Art Spigel and Ara Katz through Artfire Films, who also fully financed the production. Executive Producers are Dan Fireman from Artfire and Fireman Capital Partners, and Darin Friedman from Film 360.
The opening night gala will kick off at the Mann Village Theater.
Worldwide distribution rights to Paper Man are still available.
“We wanted to find an independent gem to launch the Los Angeles Film Festival, and we got our wish with the world premiere of this tender, funny, original film from two vibrant new directing talents, Michele and Kieran Mulroney,” said festival director Rebecca Yeldham.
“We love the spirit of the Los Angeles Film Festival and are just thrilled to get the chance to premiere our film in front of our hometown audience. It’s really an honor,” added the Mulroneys.
The festival, which runs June 18-28, is produced by Film Independent and presented by The Los Angeles Times.