Small Time (Closing Night Event)

Feature | NR | 120 min
  • An Evening With Christopher Meloni: Maverick Spirit Award An Evening With Christopher Meloni: Maverick Spirit Award


California Theatre, San Jose Sun, Mar 16, 2014 6:00 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Year Produced:2014
Rating:Not Rated
Production Country:United States
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Joel Surnow
Executive Producer:Stan E. Hubbard
Jonathan Koch
Steven Michaels
Jamie Paul Rock
Larry Rogow
Colleen Surnow
Producer:K.C. Warnke
Screenwriter:Joel Surnow
Cinematographer:Feliks Parnell
Editor:David B. Thompson
Cast:Christopher Meloni
Dean Norris
Devon Bostick
Bridget Moynahan
Kevin Nealon
Garcelle Beauvais
Xander Berkeley
Amaury Nolasco


Cinequest 2014 culminates with dynamic energy, excitement, and celebration. Join writer/director Joel Surnow (24, The Kennedys) and star Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU, True Blood) for a spectacular screening of Small Time, also starring Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under the Dome), Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods), Kevin Nealon (Weeds, SNL), Garcelle Beauvais (Flight), Xander Berkeley (Taken), and Amaury Nolasco (Transformers).

Some fathers encourage (and some coerce) their sons to join the family business. Al Klein (Meloni), owner of a used car lot gets his dream when his son Freddy (Bostick) graduates from high school and foregoes college in favor of selling cars with his old man. Klein is thrilled when Freddy moves in with him - it’s the first time these two have lived under one roof since Freddy was a kid. Klein’s ex-wife Barbara (Moynahan), on the other hand, is very far from thrilled. Klein watches Freddy transform from an innocent young man into a seasoned car salesman. Klein sees Freddy becoming like him, applying every trick in the book to unload cars. In Freddy, Klein sees himself clearly in the mirror, leaving him with a tough decision to make.

Meloni and Bostwick are so thoroughly convincing that it’s hard to believe they aren’t real life father and son. Add to this mix exceptional turns by the entire ensemble cast, and Surnow’s witty, intelligent script, and the experience is a layered story that is poignant, refreshing, and always entertaining. Cinequest is thrilled to bring it to you first, followed by a fabulous party to celebrate.

(Screening courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Conclude the night and festival with an all-out bash! Cocktails, food, and music by the DJ Contest winner at two adjacent venues: The Farmers Union and La Pinata.


Joel Surnow is best known as the co-creator/executive producer of the television show, 24.

He has received Emmys for Best Drama and Best Dramatic Writing, a Golden Globe for Best Drama, a Producer of the year award from the PGA, a Best Writer of the Year award from the Hollywood Caucus and the Wired Rave award in 2003, as one of the “people changing your mind.”

He began his career as head writer on first season of Miami Vice. From there, he became Executive Producer of The Equalizer. In the mid-nineties, he adapted the movie, La Femme Nikita, which became a hit series for USA Network. Along the way, Joel provided writing and producing services for such highly-viewed and distinguished shows such as Wiseguy, Nowhere Man, Bay City Blues and The Commish.

Since leaving 24, Joel turned his energies to owning his own productions. He succeeded with the 8-hour mini-series, The Kennedys. Joel wrote, produced and was the de facto studio for the production. The Kennedys was nominated for 10 Emmy awards, winning four (including Best Actor).

Surnow’s new film, which he wrote and directed, Small Time, is based loosely on the story of his relationship with his father, a salesman. It will be distributed by Anchor Bay in the spring of 2014.

Also, he has completed writing a limited television series about the effects of divorce on a father and his daughter. It’s called Leo’s Life.

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