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Fathers and Sons is a three segment movie directed by Rodrigo Garcia, Rob Spera and Jared Rappaport, respectively, about three families living on Caleb's Path Road. In the third segment, "1121 Caleb's Path Road," Gale Harold plays Elliott Parker, a Jewish doctor who returns home to help his dying father, Noah (played by Joe Bologna). Elliott is the prodigal son, estranged from his family and at odds with his father. His mother Ruth is played by veteran actress Barbara Barrie, and his sister Irene is played by the accomplished Lisa Edelstein. As Noah dies, Elliott meets and finds love with Nell, played by Vinessa Shaw, who sees past his tough-guy exterior. The story spans several decades; Dominic Scott Kay plays Elliott at age 4.

The film, which also features Bradley Whitford, Samantha Mathis, Kathy Baker, Clea DuVall and Ron Eldard, was produced by the Showtime cable network but has been making the film festival circuit before its eventual TV broadcast. It was screened at the Sarasota Film Festival in January 2005, and will be shown at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (starting April 21, 2005).

Vinessa Shaw has many film credits to her name, with two other movies being released in 2004 (one is a Woody Allen project).

Although he is young, Dominic Kay is already wracking up the acting credits. You may have seen him in the 2001 movie "A Christmas Carol" with Tim Curry, or in the TV series "Oliver Beene".

Barbara Barrie is a Tony Award-nominated actress who will play Yente the matchmaker in the David Leveaux-directed revival of Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof this winter.

Having charmed audiences with If You Ever Leave Me...Iím Going With You!, in summer 2002, the husband and wife comedy team of Renée Taylor and Joe Bologna returned to the Spencer Theater this past Christmas with a reprise of their hit Broadway comedy, It Had To Be You!.



Images


Dominic Scott Kay (young Elliott) Gale Harold (Elliot)
Dominic Scott Kay and Gale Harold play Elliot Parker at different ages.

Joseph Bologna (Gene) Barbara Barrie (Ruth)
Veteran actors Joseph Balogna and Barbara Barrie play Elliot's parents, Noah and Ruth.

Lisa Edelstein (Irene)
Lisa Edelstein plays Elliot's sister, Irene.

Vinessa Shaw (Nell) Vinessa Shaw (Nell)
Vinessa Shaw plays Nell, the woman who captures Elliot's heart.



Media Coverage


Plot Summary from IMDB.com:

"Fathers and Sons" revolves around the intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section, directed by Spera, features Anthony (Whitford) and Jenny (Mathis) and traces the father-son bond that develops between Anthony and his newborn son over 30 years. The second story, helmed by Garcia, centers on the affairs of an airline pilot (Mahoney) who shares a house but not a life with his wife (Baker). He crosses paths with an unusual woman (DuVall) and spends an extraordinary night with his son (Eldard). The final chapter, with Rappaport at the helm, follows the homecoming of Elliot (Harold) to his estranged family (Barbara Barrie, Joe Bologna and Lisa Edelstein). As his father dies, Elliot meets and falls in love with a woman (Shaw) who sees past his tough-guy exterior.



Review from Journalnow.com

by Tim Clodfelter

The focus of Fathers and Sons is, appropriately enough, on fathers and sons.

The film consists of three separate - but intertwined - stories about the relationships between men and their sons. Each segment was written and directed by a different person - Rodrigo Garcia, Robert Spera and Jared Rappaport - and each provides a different perspective on the subject matter.

First up is the story of Anthony (Bradley Whitford of The West Wing) and the ups and downs of fatherhood, as seen over a 30-year span during which the character goes from being a nervous (in fact, downright neurotic) dad-to-be to becoming a wise grandfather.

Next comes the story of Gene (John Mahoney of Frasier), an emotionally repressed airline pilot who helps his gay son Tom (Ron Eldard) cope with a personal tragedy. Kathy Baker plays Gene's wife, who has learned to live with her husband's stoicism.

Finally there's the story of Elliott (Gale Harold [ed.] of Queer as Folk), who comes home to his estranged family to try to reconnect with his dying father (Joseph Bologna) before it's too late. Barbara Barrie plays Elliott's feisty mother, and Lisa Edelstein (House) plays his sister.

Suppressed emotions are a recurring theme in the film, never played more beautifully than by Mahoney in the film's middle third. Without saying a word, just standing by the sidelines looking awkward and uncertain, he conveys plenty about his character. The performances are strong overall, and each of the segments has a distinctive tone that keeps the stories from seeming repetitive.

The film was produced by the Showtime cable network but has been making the film festival circuit before its eventual TV broadcast.


Article from the Hollywood Reporter, August 13, 2003

'Fathers' family tree grows by nine
by Chris Gardner

Bradley Whitford, Samantha Mathis, Kathy Baker, Clea DuVall, Ron Eldard, Gale Harold, John Mahoney, Vinessa Shaw and Barbara Barrie have teamed to star in the indie feature "Fathers and Sons." The project is broken up into three stories, each written and directed by a different helmer: Rodrigo Garcia, Rob Spera and Jared Rappaport. Shooting wraps this week in Los Angeles.

"Fathers and Sons" revolves around the intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section, directed by Spera, features Anthony (Whitford) and Jenny (Mathis) and traces the father-son bond that develops between Anthony and his newborn son over 30 years. The second story, helmed by Garcia, centers on the affairs of an airline pilot (Mahoney) who shares a house but not a life with his wife (Baker). He crosses paths with an unusual woman (DuVall) and spends an extraordinary night with his son (Eldard).

The final chapter, with Rappaport at the helm, follows the homecoming of Elliot (Harold) to his estranged family (Barbara Barrie, Joe Bologna and Lisa Edelstein). As his father dies, Elliot meets and falls in love with a woman (Shaw).

Jessalyn Gilsig, Reiko Aylesworth, Meredith Monroe, Phillip Rhys and Joanna Gleason round out the cast.

Mockingbird Pictures' Julie Lynn is producing, with Garcia serving as exec producer.


From planetout.com's "Deep Inside Hollywood", August 20, 2003

Mahoney and Harold become "Fathers"
by Romeo San Vicente

Gay faves John Mahoney (cranky Martin Crane of "Frasier") and Gale Harold (slutty Brian Kinney of "Queer as Folk") are taking on the new movie "Fathers and Sons." The two actors, along with Bradley Whitford, Samantha Mathis and Kathy Baker, are among the cast of the independent feature about a trio of L.A. families who all live on the same street. The film was shot in three parts by three different directors; Mahoney plays dad to redheaded hottie Ron Eldard in one segment, while Harold portrays a prodigal son in another. Shooting wrapped in August (2003), but there's no word yet on a premiere date.


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