Spotlight: Cinema by the Bay
USA, 2007, 114 minutes
Sat, Apr 26 / 5:00 / Kabuki / TOUC26K
Tue, Apr 29 / 12:30 / Kabuki / TOUC29K
Touching Home is the moving debut feature of self-taught identical-twin brothers Logan and Noah Miller, who not only wrote, directed and produced the film but also star in its leading roles. Shot largely in their Northern California backyard—both literally and figuratively, as the quietly powerful film is intensely autobiographical—this family drama showcases the extraordinary acting talents of Ed Harris as the twins’ homeless father and fellow Oscar nominee Robert Forster as the sympathetic small-town sheriff. When the twentysomething brothers find their dream of making it into major league baseball dashed, they return home to regroup, rethink their lives and reconcile their love for their father with their anger and despair over his chronic shameful behavior. At the same time, they must wrestle with their own encroaching fear of failure and with unfamiliar fraternal conflicts as they work alongside their ne’er-do-well buddies in the town quarry. The film is deeply felt—it is clearly a personal catharsis, a story the filmmakers had to tell. With its sweet rhythms and rural settings, it is as much a hymn to the bygone innocence of small town America as an elegy for a lost soul who was never able to be father enough to his two beautiful sons. Though this is its world premiere, the film already has fans in the industry. Says award-winning editor Walter Murch, “With its crisp photography, concise editing and excellent use of sound, I found Touching Home to be a thoughtful and emotional exploration of the forgotten corners of the American Dream.”
World Premiere. Sponsored by Borel, Private Bank and Trust Company and the San Francisco Film Commission.