Film by FDU Professor and Students to Screen at Garden State Film Festival
Madison, NJ (March 16, 2009) — “Favorite Son, ” a feature film directed and co-written by Fairleigh Dickinson University Associate Professor of Film Howard Libov, will screen at the Garden State Film Festival, on Sunday, April 5 at 12:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Hotel at1401 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park, NJ. The 90-minute film was made with Screen Actors Guild (SAG) actors and a crew largely comprised of current and former FDU film students.
The film was shot under the SAG Ultra Low Budget Agreement and the soundtrack features original songs from Mike Mills of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band R.E.M, Mogwai, and Explosions in the Sky.
“Favorite Son” is the story of 30-year-old loner and minor league baseball player David Paxton, who returns to his hometown, only to become obsessed with childhood friend Joan and her troubled teenage son Ross, seeing them as a last chance for a "perfect" life. David is quickly rejected by Joan, but breaks through Ross's volatile, destructive nature and forms an unlikely friendship with the boy, making himself the object of suspicion and condemnation by the town. Driven over the edge, David begins a dangerous descent, targeting town patriarch Bill Huston, the man who stands between him and Ross, and heading toward a final violent confrontation that will explode in the revelation of a dark secret, and the realization that David may be a most unlikely, and worthy, hero.
The storyline for Favorite Son, which has also been accepted to be screened at Houston WorldFest (April 17-26), is based on an earlier short film by Libov, “Little Man,” which starred Frankie Muniz of the hit television show “Malcolm in the Middle.” “Little Man” played at over 25 film festivals and earned several awards, including Best Dramatic Short at the World Festival of SportFilm, and the Silver Illumination Award at The Crested Butte Reelfest. “Little Man” is currently in national distribution with The Cinema Guild. Libov has also directed and co-written the award-winning feature film “Midnight Edition,” directed the nationally-syndicated comedic short “Men Will be Boys,” and filmed the documentary “Fourteen Stations” about Madison, NJ artist Arie Galles’ ten-year quest to complete a series of drawings he anticipated needing only a year to finish.
“Favorite Son” was co-written by Michael Stewart, who has co-written the screenplays for feature films “Bad Dreams” and “Eye of the Storm.” He also co-wrote “Midnight Edition,” Libov’s first feature film.
Pablo Schreiber and Connor Paolo star in the film. Schreiber is playing the role of Eben Cabot in “Desire Under the Elms” which opens on Broadway in April, having originated in Winter 2009 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in “Awake and Sing!” Schrieber has also had a recurring role as Nick Sobotka on HBO’s “The Wire” and played the role of Ben in Woody Allen’s 2008 film ”Vicki Cristina Barcelona.”
Connor Paolo of the hit television show, “Gossip Girls,” has also acted in the feature films “Alexander,” “World Trade Center,” and “Mystic River”.The Garden State Film Festival will take place at six venues in Asbury Park, NJ and Ocean Grove, NJ from April 2-5. For more information visit http://gsff.org.