For Ellen

Director: So Yong Kim
2012, 93 min.

Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) has wanted nothing more than to “make it”, having invested his identity in his rock ‘n roll dream. In the midst of a divorce, he discovers that in the settlement agreement he will forfeit custody of his estranged six-year-old daughter, Ellen. Since his young lawyer (John Heder) is unable to reverse the decision, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to form a connection with his child and fulfill his role as a father—or is the life of partying and touring all he needs after all? For Ellen stars Paul Dano, John Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, and newcomer Shaylena Mandigo.