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With a piano strapped to the back of his truck, a nomadic street musician drives 2,000 miles north to Canada on an emotional mission to spread his mother's ashes. Along the way, he encounters a peculiar mix of friends and strangers who allow him to share more about his complicated history with mental health and abuse. (APRIL 26-27)


Director’s Statement: Daniel Freeman

Teddy, Out of Tune is a hybrid feature film created by family and strangers along the deserts, highways, and forests of the American West. The title subject, "Teddy," is a fictional character played by actor and writer Drew Connick. However, almost all of the other subjects we meet along the road are existing on camera without any alteration to their true identity, giving the film an unmistakably real and natural feel. Shot and edited in a documentary vérité, style, the film plays with additional layers of reality through its inclusion of old home movies and behind-the-scenes GoPro footage that gives viewers an unrestrained look into our makeshift production. So, when asked if our film is either a narrative or a doc, we like to say, "both."


 The film was shot with a shoestring production budget over the course of twenty days and 2,000 miles between Arizona and Canada. This was made possible due to our passionate team, resourceful spirit, and generous in-kind donations from folks all across the map. We believe our hybrid approach resulted in a product that balances fiction with reality through an earnest and heartwarming lens. Our goal is not to deceive, but simply to make something honest and strange that audiences can connect with on a human level.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    65 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Oregon
  • Director
    Daniel Freeman
  • Screenwriter
    Drew Connick, Daniel Freeman
  • Producer
    Daniel Freeman, Drew Connick, Ivan Narez, Layton Hebert
  • Executive Producer
    Tom E. Brown
  • Cast
    Drew Connick, Erin Manker, Melissa Vardey, Peter Hawks Cameron
  • Cinematographer
    Daniel Freeman
  • Editor
    Daniel Freeman
  • Music
    Drew Connick, Daniel Freeman, Melissa Vardey