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When 12-year-old Otis starts to find success as a child television star in Hollywood, his ex-rodeo-clown father returns to serve as his guardian. When Otis isn’t on set charming audiences, he spends his days with his father at an extended-stay motel on the edge of the city, enduring his overbearing father’s abuse. Honey Boy follows two threads of time, watching father and son's contentious relationship and their attempts to mend it across the course of a decade.

This stunning collaboration between screenwriter/star Shia LaBeouf and director Alma Har'el paints a painful yet inspired portrait of growing up. LaBeouf’s script dives deep into Otis’s psychology to mine uncomfortable truths about the lasting effects of abuse, while Har'el crafts an exciting, stylish film that never loses sight of its warm, heartfelt center. Two outstanding young actors, Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe, play Otis at different ages, and their intense performances reveal an emotionally raw character driven, simultaneously and paradoxically, by anger and the desire to forgive.

SPECIAL FREE SCREENING: As our way of saying thank you for supporting independent storytellers we are offering a free screening of this film on Sunday, January 27, 11:59 p.m. at the Tower Theatre. To get tickets join the eWaitlist online or on the Festival app two hours before film start time.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY U.S. Dramatic Competition


RUN TIME 93 min

COMPANY Stay Gold Features

EMAIL becca@staygoldfeatures.com

PHONE (212) 355-7442


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Artist Bio

Alma Har'el

Alma Har'el is known for artistically blurring the lines between documentary and fiction. Her documentary Bombay Beach has been taught in several universities, including Harvard’s Film Study Center, as a genre-redefining work. She was featured on Fast Company’s 2018 list of “most creative people in business” and Adweek’s 2018 list of “disruptors.” Har’el founded the nonprofit Free the Bid, which advocates for women directors in advertising.