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MdFF was proud to host the World Premier of Teddy, Out of Tune in the 2020 virtual fest.


Nomadic street musician Theodore “Teddy” Lasry is in mourning over the recent loss of his mother. Before her passing she expressed a deep desire to accompany her son on one of his frequent journeys to the Pacific Northwest. He promised to take her but unfortunately, fate intervened. Now Teddy’s only hopes of fulfilling that promise to his late mother is a road trip to spread her ashes where she most wished to go. He sets out on a journey of 2000 miles up the West Coast of the US and into Canada to spread his mother’s mortal remains and in search of some healing.


Teddy, Out of Tune is the story of a young man living on the margins and struggling to cope with loss, compounded by his tenuous connections to mental stability. The familiar life of the road provides a salve and the menagerie of friends, old and new, that he visits along the way help keep him tethered to existence. As he drifts along the dusty highways and bi-ways between the US and Canada, Teddy struggles to come to grips with his past, and the traumatic events that have haunted him throughout his life.


This tender and elegiac portrait offers us the chance to ride shotgun with Teddy, as he drives on up the road, crying and laughing, swimming and frolicking, loving and fighting his way through the pain. A raw and intimate film that could handily draw comparisons to both the Maysles Brothers’ Grey Gardens and Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy, and yet Teddy, Out of Tune is wholly it’s own film. A gripping portrait of a life in transition, so deeply human in it’s observations that one can’t walk away unaffected by Teddy’s unpretentious and soulful way of being—an outsider in a world that doesn’t make enough space for those who don’t wish to jump through its hoops. – MdFF 2020 Director of Programming - Scott Braid

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    66 min
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    World Premiere, MdFF 2020
  • Director
    Daniel Freeman
  • Screenwriter
    Daniel Freeman and Drew Connick
  • Producer
    Daniel Freeman and Drew Connick, Layton Hebert and Ivan Narez
  • Executive Producer
    Tom E. Brown
  • Co-Producer
    Eric Paulsen, Julie Stallone, and Brandon Blackmore
  • Cast
    Drew Connick, Erin Manker, Nick Mansfield, Melissa Vardey, Peter Hawks Cameron, Avea Mansfield, Lander Gilles
  • Cinematographer
    Daniel Freeman
  • Editor
    Daniel Freeman
  • Production Design
    Daniel Freeman, Drew Connick, Erin Manker
  • Sound Design
    Neil Riha
  • Music
    Drew Connick, Daniel Freeman, Melissa Vardey