It's tempting sometimes to want to be anywhere but where you are in the present moment. The film James vs. His Future Self is a futuristic story which explores why this isn't such a good idea, especially when there's a chance your present self will run into your future self.
When an uptight time-travelling obsessed young scientist is visited by his nihilistic future self, he's told that he needs to give up his dream of becoming the world's first time traveler, or else. But when he won't go along with the plan, it becomes a wicked battle of man versus himself -- literally.
Jonas Chernick is James, a brilliant and obsessed particle physicist on the brink of inventing time travel who, in the process, has relegated the only two people who care about him to the sidelines. Daniel Stern, today's Face2Face guest, plays the part of Jimmy. Jimmy is the future, time-travelling version of James, now angry, cynical and driven by regret and loss. Jimmy's obsessed with righting the wrongs of his life by convincing his younger self to give up his obsession with time travel and to finally stop and smell the roses. Or else.
Is the future inevitable? Or can Jimmy change James's course? Daniel Stern and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the film and explores a wide variety of themes -- sculpting, good conversation, staying focused, regret and living in the moment, and why there's no ketchup in the future.
Directed by Jeremy LaLonde (Cinequest best comedy award-winner The Go-Getters, Slamdance hit and Canadian Film Fest award-winner How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town) and co-written by LaLonde and Chernick, James vs His Future Self is an existential twist on the time-traveller-arrives-to-save-the-future trope. An homage to the classic sci-fi rom-coms of the '80s and '90s, a la Back to the Future, James vs His Future Self is a rare Canadian indie film filled with raunchy humour, heartfelt romance, surprising twists and packed with noteworthy performances. It was shot in Sudbury.
About today's guest:
Daniel Stern recently completed a major arc playing Aidy Bryant's (SNL) father in the Hulu comedy series Shrill, produced by Lorne Michaels. Stern can also now be seen starring in Game Over Man! opposite Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson in the Kyle Newacheck-directed Netflix feature. Stern appears on Judd Apatow's Netflix series Love and previously co-starred in WGN's Manhattan, and feature films including Diner, It's My Turn, Breaking Away, and the City Slickers and Home Alone franchises.
Image: Northern Banner Releasing. Used with permission.
F2F Music: David Peck and Face2Face.
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