Tribeca Film Picks Up The Comedy

Tim Heidecker in The Comedy
Tim Heidecker in 'The Comedy'
Tribeca Film has acquired the North American release rights to the dramatic movie, The Comedy, starring Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!). Directed by Rick Alverson, The Comedy premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival followed by screenings at South by Southwest. Tribeca is aiming for an October 2012 theatrical/VOD release.

Announcing the acquisition, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises Geoff Gilmore stated: “Tim Heidecker’s performance pushes the limits and the result is a film that feels refreshingly new and fearless. We look forward to the film sparking conversation and debate when it reaches a wider audience through Tribeca Film.”

“My hope is that The Comedy may be seen as both a challenging, cautionary tale and an unapologetic immersion in a culture of irony and recreational cruelty many have come to find liberating,” said director Alverson. “We’re very happy to be in the competent hands of Tribeca Film and look forward to a partnership that will bring this movie to a wide audience.”

The Plot:

On the cusp of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker) is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends (Eric Wareheim) in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. As Swanson grows restless of the safety a sheltered life offers him, he tests the limits of acceptable behavior, pushing the envelope in every way he can. Heidecker’s deadpan delivery cleverly masks a deep desire for connection and sense in the modern world. The Comedy wears its name on its sleeve, but director Rick Alverson’s powerful and provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.

Source: Tribeca Film