Nanaimo – TheatreOne’s Fringe Flicks presents the first film of the new season, the father-daughter drama, Hearts Beat Loud on September 23-24 at Avalon Cinema.
In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.
While Sam is taking summer school in preparation, Frank convinces her to take a study break for a jam session, where they create their first original song, “Hearts Beat Loud.” Realizing the song’s potential, Frank uploads it to the internet. When he hears their song playing in a coffee shop, he wants to pursue the band and Sam’s talents as a musician and songwriter. While Sam discourages him, she struggles with leaving in her own ways: her discovery of her passion for music and her relationship with her girlfriend Rose (American Honey; The Miseducation of Cameron Post) create emotional turmoil that serve as fodder for her songwriting talents.
Director Brett Haley (I’ll See You in My Dreams; The Hero) moves the audience through emotionally charged moments with beautiful original music written by his longtime collaborator Keegan DeWitt. At the heart of the film is a story about family, saying goodbye, and making way for new beginnings.
Fringe Flicks coming up: Three Identical Strangers (Oct. 14-15), The Third Murder (Nov. 11-12) and The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Nov. 25-26). Final six titles to be announced. Tickets are $13 each or subscribe to the season of ten films for $121, from theatreone.org and 250-754-7587.