Ode to Joy


The Main 3 Sat, Apr 13, 2019 5:00 PM
Parkway Theater Sat, Apr 20, 2019 6:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Comedy Drama
Romantic Comedy
Release Year:2019
Runtime:90 min
Print Source:IFC Films
Director:Jason Winer
Executive Producer:Josh Berman
Nick Moceri
Max Werner
Joseph White
Producer:Mike Falbo
Mike Winer
Michael Lasker
Jimmy Miller
Pamela Thur
Ira Glass
Alissa Shipp
Cinematographer:David Robert Jones
Screenwriter:Max Werner
Chris Higgins (inspired by a story by)
Editor:Peter Teschner
Composer:Jeremy Turner
Principal Cast:Martin Freeman
Morena Baccarin
Jake Lacy
Melissa Rauch
Shannon Wodward
Hayes MacArthur
Adam Shapiro
Jackie Seiden
Jane Curtin


Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Jake Lacy, and Melissa Rauch star in this comedy about a man afflicted by fainting spells whenever he experiences extreme emotions, especially joy. Troubles ensue when he falls in love. From renowned actor, filmmaker, showrunner Jason Winer (ABC's Modern Family) comes this tale inspired by a This American Life radio story. Freeman stars as Charlie, afflicted with cataplexy, a neurological condition that is as dehibatiling as it is largely unknown. Making the best of his situation, Charlie has developed a daily routine to help manage his symptoms that involves listening to somber music and a mantra of dark thoughts to stave off feelings of joy. His life as a librarian is stable, for the most part, until the arrival of Francesca (Baccarin), who turns Charlie's world upside down (literally) and causes him to reconsider everything he understood about happiness.

Director Biography

Jason Winer

American director, writer and comedian Jason Winer is well-known for his work in both television in film. He is one of the main directors on the hit series Modern Family and also made the film Arthur (11).