Big Bear Lake, CA, September 20, 2013 – Fans of “Parks & Recreation” will get to see its stars on the big screen this weekend, in the upcoming comedy A.C.O.D. The movie premiered at Sundance in January and will be officially released October 4th, but visitors to the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (PAC) will get a sneak preview the night of September 21st. The PAC event starts with a Champagne & Dessert Reception followed by the movie at 8:15 p.m.

                                 A.C.O.D. follows Carter (Adam Scott), a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce.  Having survived the madness of his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) divorce, Carter now has a successful career and supportive girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).  But when his younger brother (Clark Duke) gets engaged, Carter is forced to reunite his bitterly divorced parents and their new spouses (Amy Poehler and Ken Howard) for the wedding, causing the chaos of his childhood to return including his wacky therapist (Jane Lynch). Director Stu Zicherman cowrote the screenplay with Ben Karlin.

The Film Arcade granted this special screening to the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (BBLIFF), who is honoring A.C.O.D.’s composer, Nick Urata, with the Film Music Award of Excellence the previous evening.

Composer Nick Urata

Urata shared this about his experience:

“As I got to know Stu Zuckerman and Ben Carlin, who wrote the film, I learned they had been struggling for 10 years to bring the story to life. It was such a thrill to see a first-time director gracefully navigate all the pitfalls of an Indie film and end up with a triumphant trip to Sundance. You form very intense relationships on these projects and I now consider Stu like a brother.”

He added, “This film came to me at the perfect time. I had just come off of a five-month stint of scoring two rather depressing films, and I really needed a laugh. I was hooked from the very first scene, I think almost everyone can relate to what’s happening on screen in this one. I was touched by the personal connection to the childhood friends.”

Nick Urata will receive the Film Music Award of Excellence the evening of September 20, 2013 at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. Presenting the award will be Phil Gallo, a senior correspondent for Billboard magazine, where he writes about the music industry, film and television projects and artists. Gallo is co-author of the book “Record Store Days” and has written about music for more than 25 years for publications such as Daily Variety, the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly.

John Toll, ASC (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”) will accept BBLIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Cinematography during the same ceremony.
In a field of nearly 5,000 film festivals, MovieMaker Magazine ranked BBLIFF in the top 50 this year. Ticket information and a full schedule of events (9/20-9/22/13) is online.