Kidnapped baby movie strikes a chord about family love
Mooney, who wrote the script with Kevin Costello and acted in the lead role, said that making the film in reality was just like James’ filmmaking experience in the movie. Pic by CFP
By Liza Li
The Golden Goblet award nominated film “Brigsby Bear,” an independently produced American comedy-drama, held its official screening yesterday, followed by a press conference with the cast, writers and producers.
The movie is about James Pope who was kidnapped from hospital as a baby and grew up knowing nothing about the world except Brigsby Bear, a character made up by the kidnapper parents.
He learned after being rescued that Brigsby Bear was not a real character, but decided to make it the subject of the movie after overcoming his experience and the related confusion.
The film stars Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear and Andy Samberg. It premiered in January at Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theatres next month.
Mooney, who wrote the script with Kevin Costello and acted in the lead role, said that making the film in reality was just like James’ filmmaking experience in the movie.
“We (Mooney and Costello) grew up making short videos for the Internet and now we get to make a long video for the big screen," Mooney said.
He believes there are no boundaries in art and that is typical of this film which showcases that it’s okay to be weird.
Al Di, one of the producers and the only Chinese in the team, said the film is about the importance of family love and that parents should accept how different their children can be.