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And Punching the Clown

Sunday, March 13
7:00PM - 8:38PM

Alamo Ritz 1
320 E 6th St


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Comedian-songwriter Henry Phillips(Henry Phillips) is lured to LA by renowned TV producer Jay Warren(J.K. Simmons), who hopes to create a television series about the life of a struggling performer. With the support of his longtime musician friend Jillian(Tig Notaro), and his well-meaning, but subpar, manager Ellen Pinsky(Ellen Ratner), Henry endures the ups and downs of LA; securing what appears to be the Hollywood dream. But when a major TV network gets involved with the show, Henry must decide whether his legacy will be to make jokes, or become the butt of them.

Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Year: 2015
Runtime: 98min

Director: Gregori Viens

Executive Producer: Howard Barish, Luca Costa, Luke Daniels, Brandon K. Hogan, Bert Kern, Atif Malik, Robert J. Harley, Chris Mangano, Sean McEwen, Nick Morton, Alan Pao, Deborah Ratner

Producer: David Permut, Matt Ratner, Rick Rosenthal, Jim Hart, Arun Kumar, Gregori Viens

Screenwriter: Henry Phillips, Gregori Viens

Cinematographer: Bryce Fortner

Editor: Michael R. Miller

Production Designer: Jodi Ginnever

Sound Designer: William McGuigan

Music: Henry Phillips

Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Ian Coyne

Principal Cast: Henry Phillips, Ellen Ratner, Tig Notaro, Stephanie Allyne, Mark Cohen, Mike Judge, Jim Jefferies, Clifton Collins Jr., with Sarah Silverman , and J.K. Simmons


Gregori Viens was born in L.A., grew up in Paris, and is a dual citizen of France and the U.S. He has written and directed films of all lengths and genres, including both fiction and documentary. He has taught at UCLA, Occidental College and Loyola Marymount. His 2009 feature PUNCHING THE CLOWN won the audience award at the Slamdance Film Festival.

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