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Monday, November 3, 2014

Detective Detective Detective: Official Selection: Love: Grace Film Festival


Detective Detective Detective
USA
Runtime: 1:25:00
Category: Love
Screening Date: January 31, 2015


A comedy about three estranged brothers playing detectives in a live action role-playing mystery game in the Alaskan wilderness.

Director: Justin Edwards
Justin is a storymaker in film, music, and e-books. He was born in Austin, Texas, and mostly grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio. He also lived in Brisbane, Australia, Washington D.C., and Nairobi, Kenya before settling in Los Angeles, where he attended the American Film Institute. His thesis film, "Come Back To Me," which he wrote, produced, and composed the music for, garnered Best Use of Music from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and was selected as a finalist for the BAFTA LA Best Student Film award. His first feature film, "Detective Detective Detective," is on the festivals circuit now. So far it has won Best Comedic Feature at Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor at the FilmQuest Film Festival in Salt Lake City.
Director’s Statement
I grew up in a household of three brothers. I've always been fascinated with the dynamics present therein - the oldest, the middle, the baby. Each have their own unique experiences and points of view on what it means to "grow up."

Now that my brothers and I are all “adults,” there isn’t much of a breakdown between older and younger anymore. Today we’re just best friends that don’t see each other enough. I see them, sure, but separately. How often do all three of us get together at the same time? Maybe once a year if we’re lucky? I think that’s terrible.

So I wrote this movie (with one of my brothers) about this very thing getting out of hand. It’s not based on us, by any means (we love each other and stay in touch). It is built on the idea of brothers still needing to find time to play together, even as adults. Play is part of that sacred tradition of growing up. Play is holy. Play taught us to compete, work together, respect each other, how to fight, and ultimately, to forgive -- something we still need practice in today.

It doesn’t hurt that this film is also about detectives, mysteries, and puzzles - three of my favorite things! I would kill to have a week set up for my brothers like this one. Luckily, I get to vicariously live through my actors.

Our film was an absolute joy to make, and we hope you enjoy watching it and playing along with our brothers.

Thank you thank you thank you.