LAFF 2012: Fact, Fiction, and Family Blend Together in Trailer for ‘Pincus’

Independent cinema is not lacking for stories about lovable losers who still live at home, but David Fenster‘s Pincus is an indie slacker story of a very different color. The film stars David Nordstrom (who eagle-eyed indie lovers might recognize from a SXSW favorite of mine, Leave Me Like You Found Me) as the eponymous Pincus, who may or may not be Fenster in a fictional form. Pincus has returned home not because he’s some kind of drop-out, but to assist his father Paul, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and slowly wasting away. Of course, that all sounds a bit heavy, but Fenster sweetens the Pincus pot with a filmmaking technique that straddles narrative and documentary, a cast of supporting characters to ease both Pincus and Paul, and what can only be described as a lingering sense of mystery that transcends earthly problems.

The film is also a true labor of love for Fenster, who not only wrote and directed it, but also edited it, lensed it, and produced it. Oh, and Pincus’s dad? That’s Paul Fenster, David’s dad, who has been living with Parkinson’s for thirteen years. Check out the film’s trailer after the break, along with screening information for the film, which will premiere at LAFF this week.

Pincus will have its World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16th, 2012 at 810PM with an additional screening on June 21st at 740PM.

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Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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