Hello, My Name is Frank
By Jack Barnes
Vision Films is pleased to announce they are set to release Award-winning indie feature film “Hello, My Name is Frank” on VOD nationwide on May 17, 2016 for Tourette Awareness Month, in association with TAA (Tourette Association of America). The film, which premiered last year at the Newport Beach Film Festival and won the award for Best Dramatic Feature at the Manhattan Film Festival, is the story of a sweet and lovable recluse with Tourette Syndrome who is thrust into a new world when he is dragged on a road trip with three teenage girls. “Hello, My Name is Frank” is a modern-day Wizard of Oz meets Little Miss Sunshine and Rain Main – a road trip taken by Frank and his companions that causes them all to grow, bond and come into their own. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
“Hello, My Name is Frank” is the first feature from Award-winning writer/director Dale Peterson (“Hard to Come By,” “I’m Gonna Do it Until the Day I Die”). With the screenplay by Margaret Kerrison and Christine Bartsch, the film stars Garrett M. Brown (“Uncle Buck,” “Kick-Ass,” “American Crime Story, “The People Vs. O.J Simpson), YouTube star and singer/songwriter Hayley Kiyoko (“Insidious: Chapter 3”, “CSI: Cyber”), Rachel DiPillo (“Jane the Virgin,” “Chicago Med”), Mary Kate Wiles (“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” “Bridge and Tunnel”),Travis Caldwell (“The Gates,” “Criminal Minds”), and Tess Harper (“Crimes of the Heart,” “Breaking Bad”).
Frank (Brown) is a reclusive 59-year old man with Tourette Syndrome who is left despondent following the death of his long-time caregiver. Recognizing this, the caregiver’s teenage daughter Laura (DiPillo) drags a reluctant Frank along on a life-changing road trip with herself and her two friends – rebellious Alisa (Kiyoko) and God-fearing Kim (Wiles). What follows is a journey that sees the characters bond, learn, grow, and come into their own. This heartfelt dramatic comedy tackles its subject matter with a respectful yet humorous tone.
Writer/Director Dale Peterson says: “We are portraying Frank’s condition with the utmost sensitivity. We have researched the condition and talked with medical professionals and those who are afflicted and affected by it —their compulsions, feelings and emotions will be captured in the film. I’m excited to share Frank’s story with the world. My true love is telling stories that are full of twists and turns–about unconventional characters who find themselves in unconventional situations—thought-provoking tales that leave my audiences stunned and wondering why they never saw it coming.”
The Tourette Association of America commented: “We are proud to support projects such as Hello, My Name Is Frank. This film portrays Frank as an authentic, relatable character and helps the audience see the human being behind the Tourette.”
Join the many people who have already fallen in love with the charming “Hello, My Name is Frank” when it releases on VOD platforms on May 17, 2016.
About Vision Films
Vision Films is an Independent Worldwide Distributor and VOD Aggregator of over 800 Feature Films, Documentaries and Music Programs from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Vision Films manages all available rights from Theatrical, DVD, Television and VOD/Digital Media in both the International and Domestic marketplaces. Led by Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision’s USA/Canadian DVD/VOD label releases 2-4 films a month, providing a day-and-date Theatrical, DVD and VOD release through all cable and digital platforms. Shannon Godwin is Vision’s Director of Domestic Distribution and Sisi Cronin is Vision’s Publicist.
About Tourette Association of America
Founded in 1972, the Tourette Association of America is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. The premier nationwide organization serving the Tourette community, the Association works to raise awareness, advance research and provide ongoing support. To this end, the Tourette Association launched a model of comprehensive and coordinated care through our TAA Centers of Excellence program, based in our nation’s most prestigious healthcare systems. We also provide support in local communities across the country through our network of 32 Chapters and more than 80 support. For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders or to join as a member, call 1-888-4-TOURET, visit www.tourette.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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