Adapted from a chapter in David Sedaris’ superb story collection Naked (the first filmed version of Sedaris’ work), C.O.G. stars musical theater and TV star Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening and Glee) as David, a recent Yale grad who gets his hands dirty at an Oregon apple orchard in a vainglorious search for Thoreau-esque self-discovery. When his best friend and would-be fellow apple picker bails on him, he seeks companionship from a series of mentors (each scarier than the last) who provide harsh lessons on faith, friendship, love, and identity. Charming and witty as the young hero, Groff is the perfect mouthpiece for Sedaris’ indelible voice, and writer-director Alvarez imbues the story with heartbreak and a surprising degree of darkness.
Producers: Cookie Carosella, Stephen
Nemeth, Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Director of Photography: Jas Shelton
Editor: Fernando Collins
with Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare
& Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Stars Jonathan Groff and Denis O'Hare and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez participates in a Q&A after the screening.