Funny Pages is written and directed by Owen Kline. it tells the story of an aspiring teen cartoonist who shrugs off mundane suburban comforts and sets out to make it on his own in Trenton, New Jersey. Maria Dizzia and Josh Pais star as the parents, who are trying to get their son to come home, while Stephen Adly Guirgis plays a high school art teacher. Matthew Maher portrays an older cartoonist who becomes a mentor to the lead. watch the trailer below.
Funny Pages stars Daniel Zolghadri, Matthew Maher (Captain Marvel), Miles Emanuel (Calidris), Maria Dizzia (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Josh Pais (Joker), Marcia DeBonis (Heels), and Ron Rifkin (Alias).
In an interview with ComicsBeat, Kline talked about his movie’s setting and why he chose it:
“I wanted to make a movie about a cartoonist, and the hermetic seal of a local comics shop. I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was younger so it was just fabric I was familiar with. I realized very quickly that having a few characters that were cartoonists was a fun thing to zero in on in terms of character detail. And I’d get to cast cartoonists of different styles for the characters to match their ideals. One very hopeful and un-self-aware character draws a crude Barks-inspired funny animal minicomic.”
Funny Pages is produced by Josh and Benny Safdie, and longtime Safdie Bros.
Funny Pages premieres in theaters and on-demand on August 26.