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The Discoverers
USA, 2013, 104 min., Color

In first-time director Justin Schwarz’s THE DISOVERERS, Lewis Birch is having trouble. For one, he’s got writer’s block. His work-life can at best be described as unfulfilling. And his ex-wife situation isn’t the best. What’s a guy to do to change his luck? Take a family vacation!

And so the washed-up history professor takes his begrudging teenage kids, Zoe and Jack, on a road trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. Their sojourn takes a detour when Lewis’s mother passes away and his estranged father, Stanley, goes AWOL on a historical reenactment of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Lewis is forced to make a family detour, and the family finds themselves on a journey of discovery and connection as they make their own passage west.

With 3 generations, 2 remixed centuries and 1 dysfunctional family, THE DISCOVERERS is a bittersweet comedy that proves the road less traveled might just be the best route to take.

— James Faust
Screenings
Executive Producer
Bob Gosse
Director
Justin Schwarz
Screenwriter
Justin Schwarz
Producer
Laura Kleger, Louise Lovegrove, Justin Schwarz
Cinematographer
Christopher Blauvelt
Editor
Geraud Brisson
Music
Aaron Mirman
Production Design
Kelly McGehee
Cast
Griffin Dunne, Madeleine Martin, Cara Buono