Tribeca Film to Release SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME
Tribeca Film today announced it has acquired all North American rights to indie director Bob Byington's deadpan comedy SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME, starring Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman, and Jess Weixler. Produced by Hans Graffunder (Knight of Cups, To the Wonder) and Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation"), the film turned heads earlier this year when it world premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin – Byington's home-base.
Somebody Up There Likes Me marks a new, more scripted approach to filmmaking for Byington, whose signature freeform style defined films such as RSO (Registered Sex Offender) (2008) and Harmony and Me (2009). The endearing dry humor that made him a household name from Austin to Brooklyn, however, has not been lost. Indiewire calls it "a surreal comedy about the cycle of life" and "consistently silly and poignant at once."
Tribeca Film plans a theatrical Spring 2013 release day and date with on-demand platforms where it will be available in 40+ million homes through a variety of video-on-demand offerings, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU, Xbox and Samsung Media Hub. A strong U.S. and Canada Festival run is set for pre-release.
Byington creates an offbeat energy by brilliantly pairing established actors and non-actors in this comedic fable about a man watching his life fly by. Max (Keith Poulson), along with his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman, "Parks & Recreation") and the woman they both adore, Lyla (Jess Weixler, Teeth), stumble through thirty-five years of seemingly mandatory but unfulfilling entanglements. Featuring an original score from Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, stunning animated sequences from Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), produced by Offerman and directed by cult auteur Bob Byington (Harmony and Me), the experience of life sneaking up on you while time appears to stand still has never been more surreal and charmingly entertaining.