A recently divorced father drops off his daughter for the weekend with his ex-wife, then stumbles upon a 4/20 celebration in the park. “How It’s Goin’,” by directors Irene Kim Chin and Kurt Vincent, is a bittersweet comedy about young divorce and getting high at a weird time. After an emotional handoff (it was supposed to be Steven’s weekend with Cali), the young divorcee accidentally wanders into a vast celebration of marijuana and carefree youth. There, he runs into an old friend and joins a hang, and all the sudden he’s getting high with a group of strangers. Instead of loosening him up though, it just locks him further into his anguish over the split and ongoing custody mediation. Indeed the film is a vivid portrait of Steven’s tender bond with his daughter, and the awkward pettiness with his ex-wife. Filmed at the actual 4/20 party in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and featuring a heartbreakingly real connection between Steven Talley playing Steven and California Summer (there’s a name for ya!) playing Cali, it’s a film about missing your family, feeling like a failure, and not knowing what comes next. [Watch on YouTube]. (13 minutes). Directed by Irene Kim Chin and Kurt Vincent. Starring Steven Talley, California Summer, Alyssa Kompelien. DP: Tyler McPherron. Editor: Nathan Petty. Screenwriter: Adam Callahan. Producer: Jeremy Summer. Story Editor/Consulting Producer: Tricia Kramer. 1st AD: Alex Rapine.
For more on the film, read our interview with Irene Kim Chin and Kurt Vincent, where they discuss how the project started, finding the right tone, and what’s next for them. [NoBudge Members Only - Become One Here]