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The road to SIFF-Renton | The apple of his own eye

— image credit: Seattle International Film Festival


"C.O.G." screens at 6 p.m., Monday, May 27, at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., in downtown Renton. Tickets are available at online at

Here's the film's description from the Seattle International Film Festival.

Based on a short story from David Sedaris’s collection, Naked—this is the first time Sedaris has licensed a film based on his work, and thus the first filmic adaptation of his trademark humorous storytelling. C.O.G. is a funny and poignant portrait of a lost soul and the amusing characters he meets. David (played by Tony Award nominee and "Glee" star, Jonathan Groff) is dismissive, elitist, and out of his element as he pursues his Steinbeckian dream—to spend his summer working on an apple farm in Oregon. Writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (who in 2010 won the Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards for his debut film, "Easier with Practice") made C.O.G. in just 18 days, shooting on location near Portland, Ore., and on a budget of less than $1 million. With an eclectic cast of character actors as co-stars, including Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, and Dean Stockwell, this adaption remains true to the author’s voice. Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Cast: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson. USA 2013 (87 minutes)

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