THE BOAT BUILDER
Lifetime Achievement Award to Christopher Lloyd
30th Annual Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF)
Opening Night Narrative Feature Film
38th Denver Film Festival (DFF)
True Grit Award Competition for Best Colorado Produced Film
Writer / Director: Arnold Grossman
Producer: Richard J. Bosner
Principal Cast: Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Taxi), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) and David Lascher (Hey Dude, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) – Introducing Tekola Cornetet.
Christopher Lloyd stars as Abner, an embittered old mariner and widower living a solitary life. Withdrawn from his family and the tight-knit community of his small marine town, he is a grumpy and unsociable man who seems to live in the past – only finding comfort in the countless hours spent building a sailboat in his yard. When neglected young orphan Rick (Tekola Cornetet) wanders onto Abner’s property hiding from local bullies, the two find common ground and form an unlikely bond which changes their lives in unexpected ways.
The Boat Builder marks Arnold Grossman’s directorial debut on a narrative feature. His previous credits include writer/director of Freeze! An American Peace Story, a documentary featuring John Denver, Judy Collins and Jimmy Buffet; writer of The Love Boat; producer of Cries Unheard; writer/director of Real Stories of the Highway Patrol, and creator of Right to Justice, New World. Grossman is an accomplished author, publishing several fiction and nonfiction works including 1988 (adapted into the play Tarnished Eagle), A California Conspiracy, and Going Together (currently being developed into a feature film).