A film about a young actor’s “stormy childhood” and troubled young adulthood is now showing at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
“Honey Boy,” written by actor Shia LaBeouf based on his own experiences, is playing at the UICA, at 2 Fulton St. W. in downtown Grand Rapids, tonight through Feb. 6.
Award-winning director Alma Har’el brings to life on the big screen the story of a young actor as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams.
Fictionalizing LaBeouf’s childhood ascent to stardom and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages of LaBeouf’s “frenetic” career.
LaBeouf takes on the “daring and therapeutic challenge” of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and felon.
Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature acting debut in the film, playing a neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home.
Har’el’s feature narrative debut is “a collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as therapy and imagination as hope,” according to the film synopsis posted by UICA.
The drama is rated R with a run time of 93 minutes.
Tickets, available at uica.org/movies, are $5 for UICA members and $10 for nonmembers.
Image courtesy Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts