Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Hearts Beat Loud


Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 96 minutes

Hearts Beat Loud

Nick Offerman plays Frank, an aging hipster single dad in HEARTS BEAT LOUD. Frank is a former musician who runs a New York record store that’s about to go out of business. His daughter Sam (played by singer/actress Kiersey Clemons) is preparing for medical school in California. Frank is desperately trying to avoid the inevitable changes. One night he begs Sam to jam with him. In just a few hours, they unexpectedly write a brilliant tune. After recording it, Frank uploads the track to Spotify without telling his daughter. This could be his last shot at stardom and a chance to delay her from leaving. Their impressive song ends up attracting a ton of listeners. Pretty soon, record labels come calling. When Sam finds out, she’s torn. With her future as a doctor all mapped out, the idea of being in a band with her dad never entered her mind. Complicating things further, Sam has recently met the girl of her dreams; the muse behind her creative spurt. As it stands, their blooming relationship already has an expiration date. But sometimes life has its own plan. Featuring performances from Ted Danson, Toni Collette, and Blythe Danner, the musically rich HEARTS BEAT LOUD is a fun and heartwarming film about growing up and letting go. —E.F.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Music Movies Competition


Brett Haley

Brett Haley was born in Illinois and raised in Key West and Pensacola, Florida. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking in 2005, and he started his film career working as a production assistant in Los Angeles. Haley has gone on to direct a multitude of short and feature films.

The New Year (2010), I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)–CIFF39, The Hero (2017)–CIFF41, HEARTS BEAT LOUD (2018)

Houston King, Sam Bisbee, Sam Slater

Brett Haley, Marc Basch

Eric Lin

Patrick Colman

Principal Cast
Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner

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