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2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Kenny Riches’ A Name Without a Place

2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Kenny Riches’ A Name Without a Place

It’s not just the Borscht folks who are reinvigorating the American independent scene in the Sunshine State, or more specifically, Miami. Cut to Kenny Riches who gave us The Strongest Man (review), the 2015 Sundance Film Festival NEXT section selected quirky comedy. A play of words on Billy Idol’s tune in, production on his third feature film A Name Without a Place took place in mid-April and wrapped up on the West Coast in May. With a cast comprised of Elizabeth McGovern, Chris Parnell, Bryan Burton, Charlotte Best and once again teamed with Patrick Fugit, we’re expecting a tone that adheres to the off-beat infused with perhaps surviving sibling guilt.

Gist: Set in Miami Beach, Bryan Burton plays a sheltered young man in a relationship with an aging movie star, played by Elizabeth McGovern. He lacks the drive to discover the world beyond until he suffers the loss of his twin brother — prompting him to retrace his brother’s travels to the Florida Keys, where he meets a young woman (Charlotte Best) trying to find a ride to Miami. The two quickly find trouble and escape to a mysterious estate, where Fugit’s character lives and has discovered The Fountain of Youth.

Production Co./Producers: Jesse R. Brown, Anthony Pedone and Ian Peterson.

Prediction: If this doesn’t snag a berth in the U.S Dramatic Competition, then SXSW’s Narrative Competition could be a good bet.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. UTA (domestic/international)



Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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