Sept. 13, 2022

Faithspotting with Owen Kline Writer / Director of "Funny Pages"

Faithspotting with Owen Kline Writer / Director of "Funny Pages"

In the first of two episodes, writer/director Owen Kline joined Kenny and Mike for an extended Zoom interview discussing his new A24 film Funny Pages as well as faith as reflected in film, story, comics and video store experiences.  Owen first...


In the first of two episodes, writer/director Owen Kline joined Kenny and Mike for an extended Zoom interview discussing his new A24 film Funny Pages as well as faith and the variety of ways it is reflected in film, story, comics.  

Owen first came to prominence in the 2005 film The Squid and the Whale where he played Frank Berkman, the youngest son of Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan (Laura Linney) and brother of Walt (Jesse Eisenberg.

Funny Pages tells the story of Robert (Daniel Zolghadri)  a highschool senior and talented cartoonist who is caught between following the expected journey of attending art school or honing his own artistic style and voice. Following the loss of his mentor, Robert strikes out on his own by moving into a most unique basement apartment shared with two colorful roommates.

Funny Pages, rated R for language and brief sexuality, is itself a funny, irreverant presentation of Robert's coming of age in a way that reminds viewers, who have come of age, of the joyeous and jarring moments of that journey. Appropriately, as cartooning entails a degrees of caricature, the Owen presents all this with a dynamic, caricatured style and construction. 

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Owen Kline

Film Writer, Director, Actor

Owen was born in New York City in October of 1991 to parents Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. Owen's best known acting performance was in the 2005, Noah Baumback film "The Squid and The Whale," where he played Frank Birkman, the younger son of Parents Bernard and Joan, (Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney) and younger brother of Walt (Jessee Eisenberg.) After working with filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie on some of their early films, and after making many short films, Owen wrote and directed the 2022 film Funny Pages" which premiered in the Directors Fortnight at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and was distributed by A24.