Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Discoverers

Year: 2012
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 104 minutes

The Discoverers
The Discoverers
The Discoverers
The Discoverers

You know you’re in unfamiliar territory -- intelligent comedy territory – the moment Griffin Dunne (“After Hours”) and Madeleine Martin (“Californication”) start their father-daughter verbal jousting. Dunne plays down-and-out history professor Lewis Birch, who is trying desperately to publish his life’s work (a 6,000-page tome on the slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their Pacific expedition) with any old academic press. In a last-ditch bid to salvage his career, Lewis drags his cynical teenage kids on a road trip to an academic conference. But Lewis’s mom dies suddenly, and her delusional husband Stanley disappears into the woods with a troop of Lewis and Clark historical re-enactors. Lewis and the disbelieving kids don homespun clothes and coonskin caps and dive into the underbrush to save Stanley from life as a backwoodsman. As they embark on their passage West, each member of the dysfunctional band finds out something new about him-or-herself. Splendid cinematography and laugh-out-loud repartee make THE DISCOVERERS one of the best discoveries of the year. – B.B.

CIFF37 Screenings

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Recommended for High School +

American Independents Competition

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Justin Schwarz

Justin Schwarz graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale and received his M.F.A. in Film with Honors from Columbia University. He formerly worked as a writer and policy analyst, including stints at Bill Clinton's White House, The Department of Health and Human Services, and The City of New York.


Justin Schwarz, Laura Kleger, Louise Lovegrove

Justin Schwarz

Christopher Blauvelt

Geraud Brisson

Principal Cast
Griffin Dunne, Madeleine Martin, Cara Buono, Stuart Margolin, David Rasche

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This film is presented with the generous support of ART and CAROL ANTON.

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