We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the trailer for IFC Films’ “They’re Out of the Business,” from Eric Schaeffer and Donald Lardner Ward. Schaeffer is the director of films like “If Lucy Fell” and the co-creator of the recent Starz series “Gravity;” Ward is the director of “The Suburbans” and a staff writer on the HBO series “How to Make it In America.” Together they made a splash on the film scene in 1993, after they decided to turn themselves into independent filmmakers with “My Life in Turnaround,” a movie about a couple of average joes — Splick (Schaeffer) and Jason (Ward) — who decide to turn themselves into independent filmmakers. As that description suggests, the film was not, in any way, shape, or form, autobiographical.
“They’re Out of the Business” picks up Splick and Jason’s story some fifteen years (and some successes and disappointments) later. Here’s the trailer, followed by the official plot description. The film opens in select theaters April 8 and will be available on demand starting March 30.
“A decade and a half after their seminal indie film launched meteoric filmmaking careers, Splick and Jason find themselves staring at their own individual, pre-midlife crises. Having not spoken to one another since a late-nineties falling out, they’re each grappling with the challenges of stalled careers and relationships, as the hands of time creep ominously past forty-o’clock. Splick’s most recent TV show, centered around his character’s perverse relationship with dessert foods, is unceremoniously cancelled by the network, forcing a return to his childhood bedroom at his mother’s apartment in New York. Frustrated by a barrage of comments about the “good,” “funny,” movies he used to make with his old partner, Jason, Splick determines to seek him out and attempt a reunion.”