Like Sunday, Like Rain



Rafael 1 Mon, Oct 6, 2014 7:00 PM
Special Screening with director Frank Whaley, Billie Joe Armstrong, and actress Leighton Meester
Rafael 1 Wed, Oct 8, 2014 4:15 PM
Rafael 3 Thu, Oct 9, 2014 3:45 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Special Event
Running Time:104
Director:Frank Whaley
Producer:Uri Singer
Fabio Golombek
Screenwriter:Frank Whaley
Cinematographer:James Jones
Editor:Miran Miosic
Cast:Leighton Meester
Debra Messing
Billie Joe Armstrong
Julian Shatkin
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo



Join us on Monday, October 6 for an onstage conversation with special guests: director Frank Whaley, Leighton Meester, and Billie Joe Armstrong. After the screening and program, join us at Tiburon Tavern for exquisite cocktails and elegant comfort food paired with Northern California’s freshest coastal influences.

Critically acclaimed actor-writer-director Frank Whaley has successfully maneuvered his extensive acting career (Born on the Fourth of July, Field of Dreams, The Freshman, The Doors, Pulp Fiction, Career Opportunities, Swing Kids, Swimming With Sharks) into an admirable renaissance as an accomplished filmmaker. His first feature, Joe The King (MVFF22), premiered at Sundance and won the esteemed Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. He has continued to create compelling independent films (The Jimmy Show, New York City Serenade), including his lyrically resonant new feature Like Sunday, Like Rain.

Leighton Meester recently finished a critically acclaimed Broadway run of the John Steinbeck play Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. She began her career performing in regional theatre before receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of “Blair Waldorf” on the hit show Gossip Girl. Also a singer/songwriter, she starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong and will soon be seen in Warner Brothers’ upcoming The Judge with Robert Downey, Jr.

Billie Joe Armstrong is the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum band Green Day. Green Day’s albums include 1039/Smooth Out Slappy Hours; Kerplunk; 1994’s Dookie; Insomniac; Nimrod; Warning; 2004’s landmark American Idiot, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, and won two Grammys, including Best Rock Album; 21st Century Breakdown (Grammy Award, Best Rock Album); and 2012’s consecutively released ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! (as well as the behind the scenes DVD,¡Cuatro!). Last year, Armstrong and Norah Jones released Foreverly, a tribute to the Everly Brothers’ 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. The Tony and Grammy winning musical American Idiot, featuring lyrics by Armstrong, music by Green Day, and a book written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, debuted at Berkeley Rep in 2009 and opened on Broadway the next year. Throughout its run, he made cameo appearances in the role of St. Jimmy. The recent documentary, Broadway Idiot, chronicled his road to the Great White Way. His other film and TV credits include This is 40, Nurse Jackie, and the upcoming feature film, Like Sunday, Like Rain.

Eleanor (Leighton Meester), a working-class twenty-something from Oneida, is a bit down on her luck. After dumping her deadbeat musician boyfriend (Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong) by throwing his guitar out the window, she finds herself homeless, jobless, and friendless on the mean streets of Manhattan. In what may as well be an alternate universe, 12-year-old prodigy Reggie (brilliant newcomer Julian Shatkin) resides in an über-opulent Upper East Side mansion, heroically thwarting the efforts of his mother (Debra Messing) to normalize him. Seizing an opportunity, Eleanor becomes Reggie’s au pair and an unlikely friendship evolves over plates of tofu curry and lazy summer afternoons. Whaley’s film focuses on the peacefully ruminative hours these kindred spirits share and whose relationship reaches across age, class, and social norms. Their shared musicality underscores this contemplative tale of two souls who find harmony in each other’s company. US PREMIERE

Sponsored by Strawberry Village

Reception sponsored by Tiburon Tavern

Additional Information

Like Sunday, Like Rain marks Frank Whaley’s fourth feature film as a writer/ director. His first, Joe the King, premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival where it earned Frank the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. His second, The Jimmy Show premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. In 2007 Frank wrote and directed New York City Serenade, which made its premiere at that year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Frank is also a critically acclaimed actor having appeared in over seventy-five film and television productions, including iconic films such as Pulp Fiction, Field of Dreams, Swimming With Sharks, and many others.