For Ellen

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For Ellen

So Yong Kim
USA, 2012
Fiction, 94min, OF

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For Ellen

So Yong Kim
USA, 2012
Fiction, 94min, OF

Cast: 
Paul Dano
Joby Taylor
Shaylena Mandigo
Ellen Taylor
Jena Malone
Susan
Margarita Levieva
Claire Taylor
Screenplay: 
So Yong Kim
Sound: 
Ian Stynes
Camera: 
Reed Morano Walker
Editor: 
So Yong Kim
Bradley Rust Gray
Composer: 
Johann Johansson
Decoration: 
Ryan Smith

Production: 
Soandbrad, DeerJen Films
World Sales: 
Memento Films
Format: 
35 mm
Color

When Joby, an aspiring young rock star, finally agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife, he discovers that he is about to forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen. Never having been in Ellen’s life before, Joby suddenly realizes that he’s not ready to lose that part of himself. Hoping to make up for lost time, he tries to win her heart. 

“The story takes place during the winter. The stark beauty of the vast farmlands and the desolation of the small towns are intended to serve as a backdrop to Joby’s emotional journey. FOR ELLEN is a character study of a man who’s conflicted with the decisions he’s made in his life. Although Joby is a particular type of person, I believe the challenges he faces are universal.” (So Yong Kim)