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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Release:                               August 18, 2021

Directed by:                          Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Written by:                            Michael Arndt       

Produced by:                        Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa

Executive Produced by:        Jeb Brody, Michael Beugg

Cast:                                     Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette,

Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear

 

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE tells the story of the Hoovers, one of the most endearingly fractured families ever seen on motion picture screens. Together, the motley six-member family treks from Albuquerque to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, to fulfill the deepest wish of 7-year-old Olive, an ordinary little girl with big dreams. Along the way the family must deal with crushed dreams, heartbreak, and a broken-down VW bus, leading up to the surreal Little Miss Sunshine competition itself. On their travels through this bizarrely funny landscape, the Hoovers learn to trust and support each other along the path of life, no matter what the challenge.

 

Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights to the hilarious and heartfelt film following its 2005 Sundance Film Festival world premiere, which inspired the audience to a rare standing ovation. Marking the feature film directorial debut for renowned music video directors (and husband and wife team) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and the first feature script penned by Michael Arndt, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE stars an award-winning ensemble cast led by Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear.

 

The husband-and-wife-team of Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton have built a successful joint career as music video and commercial directors widely renowned for their ability to craft simple, emotional stories with evocative visuals and music. The two met at UCLA where Faris was a dance major and Dayton was in the film department. They were part of the team assembled to create the pioneering MTV show “The Cutting Edge” in 1983, which showcased many of the most famous early videos on that network. The duo produced documentaries, including THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION II: THE METAL YEARS, and directed music videos for a wide variety of artists including Janet Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, Macy Gray, Oasis, Weezer and The Ramones. Their work in this field has earned them nine MTV Music Video Awards, two Grammy awards, and a Director of the Year award from Billboard Magazine. In 1998, Dayton and Faris founded Bob Industries to handle their commercial work, which has included spots for Sony Playstation, Target, Apple, Ikea, The Gap, ESPN, and Volkswagen, including the famous commercial for the Volkswagen Cabrio set to the Nick Drake song “Pink Moon.” In 2002, the duo was named by Creativity Magazine in their listing of the top 10 commercial directors. In addition, Dayton and Faris have directed episodes of “Mr. Show with Bob and David” for HBO and produced the film GIFT, co-directed by Perry Farrell.

 

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