In the Family
with guest director Patrick Wang
In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six-year-old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. When Cody dies in a car accident, Joey, his partner, learns that Chip, has been willed to Cody’s sister. The will, written before the couple met, was never updated.
In his now solitary home, Joey searches for a solution. Armed with the support of friends and inspired by memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the family and unity with his son.
Raised in Sugar Land, Patrick Wang is an actor, theater director, writer, and economist. His debut film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, won numerous festival awards, and was on over 25 best-of lists in 2011.
I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own.
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by Patrick Wang
Written by Patrick Wang
Cinematography by Frank Barrera
Editing by Elwaldo Baptiste
Music by Chip Taylor, Andy Wagner
Cast: Sebastian Banes, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John