Magnolia Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for I Love My Dad, a new movie shot in Syracuse by Liverpool-based American High.

Patton Oswalt plays a hopelessly estranged father who goes fishing for his son (writer-director James Morosini) in an attempt to reconnect. The preview teases some chilling comedy moments, such as when Morosini sexts Oswalt while he thinks he’s talking to a beautiful woman named “Becca” (Claudia Sulewski).

“Internet, kiss your son,” says Lil Rel Howery, encouraging Oswalt’s character. “Do you love him? … Then kiss him!”

I Love My Dad, starring Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Ricky Velez (The King of Staten Island) and Amy Landecker (Doctor Strange), was filmed in the Syracuse area in 2021. including at the Salt City Market, the Western Ranch Motor Inn and Carl’s Kountry Kitchen. Sulewski, a popular YouTuber whose credits include Marvel’s Runaways, caused a stir when her boyfriend Finneas O’Connell, the Grammy-winning songwriter and producer best known for his work with his sister Billie Eilish, introduced her visited during filming in Syracuse.

“I know everyone says that, but it really felt like camp,” Sulewski told Nylon of the production. “There’s this family dynamic, and that’s been the most fulfilling thing for me because coming from YouTube, it’s all done independently.”

The film won the Narrative Feature Film Competition at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures.

I Love My Dad hits theaters August 5 and on-demand August 12.

American High’s Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps and Ryan Bennett serve as executive producers; Bill Stertz and Sean King O’Grady are producing for Atlas Industries alongside Dane Eckerle, Daniel Brandt and Phil Keefe and Sam Slater of Burn Later Productions. Lauren Hantz and John Hantz are executive producers of Hantz Motion Pictures, which fully funded the project.

I Love My Dad is one of 14 films that American High, based at Syracuse Studios (formerly Liverpool High School and AV Zogg Middle School) in central New York, shot in less than five years. Other American High titles include Crush, Sex Appeal, Plan B, The Binge, Big Time Adolescence, Looks That Kill, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, Holly Slept Over and Banana Spit, along with upcoming releases Miguel Wants to Fight, Sid is Dead, Empire Waist, and The Binge 2: It’s a Wonderful Binge.


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