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Don McKay

Starring Thomas Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue and Melissa Leo; James Rebhorn, M. Emmet Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Keith David.
Written and Directed by Jake Goldberger
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IN SHORT: nnn. [Rated . 87 minutes]

Twenty-five years after abandoning his hometown, Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church) gets a letter from his ex-girlfriend Sonny (Elisabeth Shue) saying that she is dying and wants him to come see her. When Don returns home, Sonny doesn't seem quite like he remembers her and everything seems a little bit off. In his darkly comic debut thriller, Don McKay, writer/director Jake Goldberger tells a story where no one is who they seem and everyone appears to be hiding something. Don McKay also stars Melissa Leo, James Rebhorn, M. Emmet Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Keith David.

SYNOPSIS In his debut thriller, DON MCKAY, writer/director Jake Goldberger tells a story where no one is who they seem and everyone appears to be hiding something. Twenty-five years after abandoning his hometown, Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church) gets a letter from his ex-girlfriend Sonny (Elisabeth Shue) saying that she is dying and wants him to come see her. When Don returns home, Sonny doesn't seem quite like he remembers her and everything seems a little bit off. DON MCKAY also stars Melissa Leo, James Rebhorn, M. Emmet Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Keith David. DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT Jake Goldberger Seven years ago, I saw the theatrical re-release of the Coen Brothers’ BLOOD SIMPLE. It was a strange, slowly paced little film noir about people who all have there own selfish intentions, and due to a series of simple miscommunications and lack of full disclosure, end up in a terrible scenario where the only ones who have a birds eye view of the situation are the audience members who are watching it all unfold. I was blown away and was inspired to start writing, and about a year later I finished my first draft of DON MCKAY. In writing the script, I was interested in creating a hybrid of styles I liked- from Hitchcock and Billy Wilder, to Mamet, and even to a bit of Douglas Sirkian melodrama, all mixed in with my own sensibilities. I really wanted to make my version of what I observed a "film noir" to be, but an unusual and original one: A noir that would jump the tracks before it had a chance to fully develop, sending the story into even more of a bizarre tailspin than it would have ended up in originally. After years of looking under every rock possible and enduring numerous false starts, the stars finally aligned last summer. I'm truthfully still a little shocked to say that we rounded up my absolute dream cast and shot DON MCKAY. I can't thank my cast and crew enough for all of their belief in this project, and more importantly their loyalty to me personally. I will never forget it. PRODUCER’S STATEMENT Thomas Haden Church I read Jake Goldberger’s script when SIDEWAYS was at its peak popularity. I loved it, but the movie was not set up. I was fascinated at how a 27-year-old guy could write such a complete emotional experience about a man in his forties. Through the years, it went through a variety of configurations with actresses and financiers. Then last summer when Elisabeth Shue’s named was lofted, I said absolutely. We were able to find the money and make the movie. And then we received manna from heaven good fortune when Melissa Leo read the script and was able to do it, along with James Rebhorn, Keith David, M. Emmet Walsh and Pruitt Taylor Vince. The Massachusetts Film Commission was so helpful and the union locals were amazing.

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