UNCLE FRANK World Cinema


Following the film, AFI Director of Programming Sarah Harris leads a conversation between filmmaker Alan Ball and actors Paul Bettany, Peter Macdissi and Sophia Lillis.

Beth has always been keen on her uncle Frank. On the rare occasions whenever he would visit them in rural South Carolina from New York City, she would revel in how he was clever, worldly and different in a good way. When she goes off to college at NYU in the early ’70s, she learns more about his world, including his longtime partner Walid. When a death in the family strikes, Beth and her uncle set out on a road trip to their hometown to confront their family and their pasts.

Director and writer Alan Ball (SIX FEET UNDER, TRUE BLOOD) has spent much of his career contemplating death, and in UNCLE FRANK he tells another story where we face mortality the only way we know how: with life as a mirror. –Eric Moore

Alan Ball’s off-off-Broadway play “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” led to an offer to write for television. He spent years working on sitcoms, then he wrote the screenplay to AMERICAN BEAUTY, for which he received an Academy Award® for best original screenplay. Ball created the HBO series SIX FEET UNDER and TRUE BLOOD, and wrote and directed the movie TOWELHEAD.

Kwae Rogers
Amazon Studios


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Director: Alan Ball

Screenwriter: Alan Ball

Producers: Alan Ball, Bill Block, Michael Costigan, Jay Van Hoy and Peter Macdissi

Executive Producers: Bob Osher, Andrew Golov, Christopher Tricarico, Josh Peters, Isaac Ericson

Director of Photography: Khalid Mohtaseb

Editor: Jonathan Alberts

Production Designer: Darcy Scanlin

Music: Nathan Barr

Cast/Featuring: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Carson Holmes, Peter Macdissi, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer

Running Time (minutes): 95

Language: English