Any Day Now was by far my number one pick for best film at Tribeca Film Fest 2012. It won the Heinkien Audience Award and should have won best screenplay and director. After watching many films attempt to deliver and experiment with tone and structure, it was a joy to see a real film that will stand the test of time…

The Players:

  • Director: Travis Fine
  • Screenwriter: Travis Fine and George Arthur Bloom
  • Producers: Travis Fine, Kristine Fine, Chip Hourihan, Anne O’Shea (EP)
  • Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher, Gregg Henry, Don Franklin

Tribeca Synopsis:

Set in 1970s Los Angeles and inspired by a true story, Any Day Now is a poignant and occasionally incendiary drama from TFF alum Travis Fine (The Space Between) that addresses gay adoption rights issues that are as relevant today as they were nearly 40 years ago. Augmenting the touching performances from Cumming and Dillahunt is Isaac Leyva, who offers a subtle yet impactful performance as a boy who inspires those around him to fight for what is right when no one else will.

The Good:

  • Alan Cumming: He’s phenomenal in this film. From the subtle looks he gives over his shoulder, to the flip-flopping of emotions, to the pushing his character to the extreme without ever going over the top — he owns this film. He’s master of the screen and it’s quite clear that this was a film meant for him and he was meant for this film. Stunning, superb, give him some awards already!
  • The Acting: Yes, Alan Cumming made this film what it was, but it takes an army to make a film excel. The reason why this film (not just the one character) was great was because of the extraordinary supporting cast. From the subtle moments between the actors, to nailing lines that could have possibly have come off as cheesy (Ex: “we just have to keep on fighting”), to having a special-needs actor in one of the lead roles absolutely stealing every moment he’s on camera — every single actor in this film had a clear back-story, brilliant delivery and understanding that made this film truly great.
  • The Tone: This is a difficult film because it deals with a very serious story and yet allows for a lot of moments of subtle comedic relief. It’s extremely tricky to balance these two things without one taking over, but it does it effortlessly, making it both entertaining and impactful.
  • The Filmmaking: The filmmaker was extremely smart in letting the meaning of the film reveal itself through great story-telling. The director seemed to understand how to deliver an important message without preaching to the audience or over explaining himself. He focused on the characters and the story, not the subject matter and by doing so the film carried your away and made you feel involved. The result was a film that was not only important, but well made and enjoyable to watch.
  • The Subject Matter: It’s timely, relevant, woven seamless into this beautiful story between two magnificent men, and if there was ever a film that will get you both crying and ready to fight, it’s this one.

The Bad:

  • Horrible film for you if you wear mascara. Bring tissues. A lot of tissues.

Overall:

This was by bar the best film out of Tribeca Film Fest and it deserved to win far more awards than it did (best screenplay to All In and not this??). As soon as it finds a distributor and makes its way into theaters, seek it out and tell your friends. Hopefully this won’t be the last that we hear of this film.

Rating: 9.5/10