British filmmaker Matthew Jacobs has made his mark as a scribe with such fare as The Emperor’s New Groove, Dr. Who and on the TV series The Adventures of Indiana Jones, however, his directorial features are often smaller and more personal. Jacobs’ Bar America, which is premiering at the Catalina Film Festival Thursday Sept. 25, and the Napa Valley Film Festival Nov. 12-14, follows Charlie, an Iraq and Afghanistan war vet, and his drinking buddy, Hank; two affable friends and stars of a hometown viral video show. However, their friendship is threatened when a conniving duo of producers attempts to capitalize on their idea. While Jacobs stars as Harry, one of the producers, John Candy’s son, Chris Candy, makes his leading big screen debut as Charlie. “Chris has the natural warmth of his father,” says Jacobs, “but watch him closely and he has a humor all his own.” Actress Morgan Walsh, whose credits include Yahoo-E!’s Burning Love, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the lead in Matt Walsh’s upcoming film A Better You, plays Danielle, Harry’s enigmatic business partner. Dustin Ingram (True Blood) stars as Hank along with Michele Boyd (How I Met Your Mother) as Emily. Bar America is produced by Mike Kaney II and Ward Sorrick for Electrum Films in association with Rockbridge Productions. Circus Road Films is handling foreign sales.
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