ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at a new clip from That’s What I Am, opening in limited theaters on April 29th. Written and directed by Michael Pavone, the drama stars Ed Harris, Chase Ellison, Molly Parker, Daniel Roebuck, Randy Orton, Daniel Yelsky, Alexander Walters, Mia Rose Frampton and Amy Madigan.
Set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, the film is a coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (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 (Harris), pairs Andy with the school’s biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley aka “Big G” (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.
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: HUMAN DIGNITY + COMPASSION = PEACE.