Guest Artist follows a disillusioned Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright named Joseph Harris (Jeff Daniels) as he travels to a small Michigan town and encounters a young aspiring playwright, Kenneth (Thomas Macias), who idolizes him. Joseph’s world-weary cynicism about his artistic career is challenged by the latter’s youthful enthusiasm and optimism.
This 2019 American intergenerational drama film is directed by Timothy Busfield, in his feature directorial debut. It is written by Jeff Daniels based on his play of the same name. It stars Jeff Daniels, Thomas Macias, and Richard McWilliams.
- Starring : Jeff Daniels / Thomas Macias
- Genre : Drama
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Timothy Busfield
- Production : Grand River Productions
- Distributor : Indican Pictures
Guest Artist movie
Guest Artist release date
- February 15, 2019 : USA (Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival)
- May 17, 2019 : USA (SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival)
- June 29, 2019 : USA (Frameline43 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival)
- July 10, 2020 : USA
Guest Artist cast
- Jeff Daniels as Joseph Harris
- Thomas Macias as Kenneth Waters
- Richard McWilliams as Franz
- Erika Slezak as Helen
- McKara Bechler as Hope
- Dan Johnson as Dan
- Lynch Travis as Larry
- Ruth Crawford as Mary
- Michael A. Alden as Blonde in bar
- Aidan Fogarty as Bartender
Guest Artist is produced by Michael A. Alden, Timothy Busfield, Jeff Daniels, Michael Ferdie, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Lohmann, and Alyssa Loveall.
This film had its world premiere at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2019 where it won Best Independent Film and Best Actor for Jeff Daniels.
Guest Artist also won several awards from different film festivals including Best of Show (Feature Film) at the Accolade Competition 2019; Best Actor for Jeff Daniels, Best Director, and Best Feature Film at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, US 2019; Best Actor (Jeff Daniels) and Best Director at the New York City Independent Film Festival; Best Actor at the Port Townsend Film Festival 2019; Outstanding Feature Film at the Sacramento International Film Festival 2019; Best Actor Feature Film (Jeff Daniels) and Best Feature Film at the SENE Film, Music and Art Festival 2019.
Indican Pictures released Guest Artist on VOD on July 10, 2020.
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