Park Pictures Features film “Robot & Frank” has been accepted to the 2012 Sundance Festival in the prestigious Premieres section. Directed by Jake Schreier; the film waswritten by Christopher Ford and stars Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden and Liv Tyler.
The film’s producers are Park Pictures’ Galt Niederhoffer, Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord.
Writer/director/producer, Niederhoffer has previously brought nine films and five award winners to Sundance. She has earnt Best Director, Best Cinematographer, the Audience Award, and Best Screenplay for her respective projects. Sam Bisbee produced the Academy Award-winning short film “The New Tenants” for Park Pictures in 2010.
Director Jake Schreier commented “Being accepted to Sundance speaks to the amount of hard work that everyone has put into this, and it is a really nice next step in the process. It was a huge advantage having Galt, Sam and Lance on board as producers, bringing such a wealth of talent and experience to the film.”
“Robot & Frank” is an off-beat buddy movie set in the near future, in which aging curmudgeon and retired jewel thief Frank (Frank Langella) lives a solitary life until his son (James Marsden) installs a caretaker robot to care for him, against his and his daughter’s (Liv Tyler) wishes. The robot upends Frank’s lonely life, usually filled with books and a visit to his favorite librarian (Susan Sarandon), with a strict regimen of exercise, diet and gardening. Stubborn at first, Frank soon realizes Robot has the brains to pull off the most calculated of heists. An unlikely friendship and a crime duo is born.
Bicoastal/London-based commercial production company Park Pictures launched their film division, Park Pictures Features, in July 2011. Park Features’ next projects include the directorial debut of Lance Acord, and a new project from acclaimed director, Ringan Ledwidge. The company will also produce the adaptations of Sam Lipsyte’s best-selling novel, “The Ask,” to be directed by Steven Shainberg, and the venerable late David Foster Wallace’s short story, “Little Expressionless Animals.”