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CANADIAN SHORT MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES TO DEBUT AT THE 2018 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

CANADIAN SHORT MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES TO DEBUT AT THE 2018 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

From Rising Toronto Director Charlie Tyrell

Narrated by Wet Hot American Summer’s David Wain

TORONTO (December 4, 2017) – It was today announced that My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, a short documentary directed by rising Toronto filmmaker Charlie Tyrell, has joined the lineup of Canadian films selected for next month’s 2018 Sundance Film Festival, running January 18-28 in Park City, Utah, Salt Lake City, and at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah. Narrated by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), Tyrell seeks to better understand his emotionally distant late-father through the personal belongings he left behind… including a stack of VHS dirty movies. The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, The End of the Tour, Little Miss Sunshine, Reservoir Dogs, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious and Napoleon Dynamite.

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes is as provocative an examination of life as it sounds. Told through a hybrid of stop-motion animation, 8mm and VHS home movies, and recorded phone calls with his family members, Tyrell presents an indiscriminate look into one’s material possessions as a way of understanding the complex nature of family relationships, and the ripple effects that follow a generational cycle of abuse.

“My dad passed away when I was in film school, so my perspective of him has always been stuck at that of a teenager. When he was alive, I never got the chance to develop into maturity and better understand him as an adult, but I can confidently say that this film helped me to do that,” said Charlie Tyrell. “Beyond the obvious personal reasons to make the film, I wanted to see if I could create a short that was animated solely with objects that belonged to my dad. And in doing so I hope that I have made something that audience will find both amusing, and full of heart.”

Narrator David Wain, and Executive Producers Karen Harnisch (Sleeping Giant) and Josh Polon will join the team in Park City for the World Premiere of each of their feature films. David Wain’s sixth feature film as a director, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, a biopic about National Lampoon founder Doug Kenney (starring Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, and Emmy Rossum), will also premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Premiering at Slamdance is Harnisch’s M/M, directed by Drew Lint, and Polon’s documentary MexMan, which he directs.

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes is produced by emerging Toronto producer Julie Baldassi, whose first film as a co-producer, Dim the Fluorescents, premiered at Slamdance 2017 and won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. LaRue Entertainment’s Matt King and Andrew Ferguson, along with Becca Kinskey, and Kyle Fowler are also executive producers.

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes received support from BravoFACTUAL.

Tyrell’s previous documentary, I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!!, about Canadian comics artist David Boswell, was narrated by the late director Jonathan Demme and features appearances from Matt Groening, Ed Asner, Dave Thomas, and others. It had its World Premiere at SXSW 2015 and screened internationally.

LaRue is distributing the film, along with I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!!.

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Anne Vranic

Machina PR

anne@machinapr.com

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