“One part humor, one part heartbreak, ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ is an authentic and endearing drama,” said Tim Irwin, artistic director for Heartland Film. “Excellent performances and a clever screenplay lend credibility to the film’s quirky—yet touching—high school world of friendship, insecurity and loss.”
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.