Johnny Simmons is doing double duty at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival as a struggling MLB pitcher in The Phenom and a cash-strapped piano player in Dreamland. The pic also marks the feature directorial debut of Coppola cousin and Jason Schwartzman’s brother, Robert Schwartzman, and like the Golden Globe-winning Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle that Jason co-created, Dreamland also shows the seedy side of the musical life. In this case, Simmons’ Monty Fagan dreams of opening a piano bar, but doesn’t have the financial resources. Hope resides when he falls for an older woman (Amy Landecker) who provides a sex for cash opportunity. Speaking about the Schwartzmans’ predilection to set their projects in the music world, Jason Schwartzman says, “Music is such a great metaphor for so many things. People say ‘Oh, it’s another language,’ but it really is like a language. The way that you can even just speak about music is so universal in many ways.” Jason plays a sarcastic banker in the movie who comes up against Monty. Says Frankie Shaw about Jason’s character, “He’s the Ari Emanuel of the banking world.” The Schwartzman brothers’ mom, Talia Shire, is also along for the ride here in a supporting role. The film plays today at 2:30PM EST at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 8 and again on Tuesday at 6:30PM at Bow Ties Cinemas Chelsea 6.
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