That's What I Am

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  • PG
Set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, "That's What I Am" s a coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of... read more

Set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, "That's What I Am" s a coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley aka "Big G" (Alexander Walters), on a critical school project. Sporting thick orange hair, a head too big for his body and ears too big for his head, "Big G" has been the object of ridicule since grade school. Before long, Andy will learn that there was truly a method behind Mr. Simon's madness as to why he teamed these two up. After a dramatic incident in the schoolyard, teachers and parents rethink their roles in school and society. Principal Kelner (Amy Madigan) suspends a school bully for brutally beating up a female classmate. The vindictive father of the bully makes Mr. Simon the target of a malicious rumor about his sexuality, causing Mr. Simon to question his calling as an educator and mentor to his students. When Andy watches "Big G" fearlessly confront the school bully about the incident, a series of events are triggered. Much to Andy's surprise, he learns that "Big G" is a brilliant, kind, tolerant human being, who has more dignity than anyone Andy has ever encountered. Big G personifies Mr. Simon's four word answer on how to obtain world peace.

Original Release

04/29/2011

US Release

04/29/2011

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Cast

Ed Harris Mr. Simon
Chase Ellison Andy Nichol
Molly Parker Sherri Nichol
Daniel Roebuck Jim Nichol
Randy Orton Ed Freel
Daniel Yelsky Norman Grunmeyer
Amy Madigan Principal Kelner
Renwick D. Scott II Dan Rainier
Jordan Reynolds Ricky Brown
Alex Hardee Stan Geyer
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Michael Pavone

Writers

Michael Pavone

Cast

Ed Harris Mr. Simon
Chase Ellison Andy Nichol
Molly Parker Sherri Nichol
Daniel Roebuck Jim Nichol
Randy Orton Ed Freel
Daniel Yelsky Norman Grunmeyer
Amy Madigan Principal Kelner
Renwick D. Scott II Dan Rainier
Jordan Reynolds Ricky Brown
Alex Hardee Stan Geyer
Sean Michael Cunningham Jimmy Tadlock (as Sean Cunningham)
Shane Baumel Additional Voice
Zachary Gordon Additional Voice (as Zackery Gordon)
Madison Pettis Additional Voice
Jeremy Shada Additional Voice
Bridger Zadina Additional Voice
Gaven Tomas' Brooks
Rahsaan Ison School kid
Mia Rose Frampton Mary Clear
Raymond Philip Michael Diamond Myron Stort (as Raymond Diamond)

Producers

Editors

Marc Pollon

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