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SFFILM Festival

Dreamin’ Wild

Directed by Bill Pohlad

USA | 110

16 Apr
Sun, Apr 16, 2023 at 8:45 pm PT

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Director Bill Pohlad


Rediscovery is both a blessing and a curse in Bill Pohlad’s (Love and Mercy, Festival 2015) new film, based on real events and starring Casey Affleck and Beau Bridges. Affleck plays singer-songwriter Don Emerson who, as a teenager with his brother Joe (Walton Goggins) and with funding from their father, made a pretty decent LP that sank without a trace. Thirty years later, when record label founder Matt Sullivan tracks the brothers down to their family farm and wants to reissue the record and plan a couple of live shows, it rekindles the siblings’ ambitions and competitiveness. Affleck is riveting as the more talented brother who submerges his dreams and talent for a simpler life while Beau Bridges brings his unmistakable humanity to his role of Don Sr, a loving parent who makes necessary sacrifices to help his children shine.


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Director Bill Pohlad

Dreamin’ Wild is Bill Pohlad’s third feature after Love & Mercy (Festival 2014) and Old Explorers (1980). He is also a longtime producer and executive producer, who counts among his projects Brokeback Mountain (2005); Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006); Into the Wild (2007); The Tree of Life (2011), for which he received a Best Picture Oscar® nomination; 12 Years a Slave (2012); Wild (2014); and David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020). He is the founder and president of River Road Entertainment.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 110

Country USA

Director Bill Pohlad

Executive Producer Dan Clifton, Tobias Gutzwiller, Steven Snyder, Christa Zofcin Workman

Producer Bill Pohlad, Jim Burke, Kim Roth, Karl Spoerri, Viviana Vezzani

Writer Bill Pohlad

Editor Annette Davey

Cinematographer Arnaud Potier

Cast Zooey Deschanel, Chris Messina, Walton Goggins

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.