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Helter Skelter: Netflix Show Brotherly Love Towards “Manson Family Vacation”

They first made a huge splash with the 12 million dollar deal, and with their four-film pact with the Duplass Bros., they’re essentially dipping their toes into the micro indie sphere. Hours after landing Hannah Fidell’s 6 Years, Variety reports that J. Davis’ Manson Family Vacation is the second in line for VOD, now theatrical player Netflix.

Gist: Nick Morgan (Jay Duplass) is a successful lawyer who’s devoted to his wife and young son. His adopted brother Conrad (Linas Phillips) is a wayward soul who shows up in Los Angeles unannounced. Together they embark on embark on a road trip to the site of the Manson Family murders.

Worth Noting: J. Davis and Jay Duplass previously worked on Kevin – 36 minute docu film.

Do We Care?: Among the many Sundance predictions that I got wrong, but would end up premiering at the just completed SXSW film fest, the Playlist folks call it “a surprising gem of a brotherly love charmer.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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