A coming-of-age rock drama film by writer/director David M. Rosenthal, stars Alessandro Nivola, Elizabeth Shue, Brittany Snow, and Abigail Breslin as the eponymous Janie Jones. The film makes extensive use of original music created by Gemma Hayes and Eef Barzelay and sung and played by Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola. It premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released by Tribeca Film on October 27.
The story follows a Rocker Ethan Brand (Nivola) and his band, the Ethan Brand Experience, are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Shue) drops a bomb in his lap—their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Breslin). Ethan refuses to believe Janie is his kid, but when her mom suddenly leaves for rehab, the child has no place to go but with the band. With no inclination toward fatherhood, Ethan continues his hard-living ways, leaving Janie to fend for herself in the dive bars and sleazy motels along the way. As his drug- and booze-fueled antics take their toll on and off stage, the band deserts him one by one, until he and Janie are left alone. Desperate to finish the tour and revive his career, Ethan stays on the road as a solo act with Janie in tow. As Ethan’s self-destructive spiral threatens to derail his comeback, Janie uses her own surprising musical talents to help guide him down the rocky road to redemption.
- via SlashFilm