‘Bad Dads’ director returning home for screeningWritten by Emily Gibb | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Westerman, director of “Bad Dads,” will return to Toledo on April 15 for a screening of his series of short films for collegehumor.com starring Michael Cera and Will Hines.
“I’m very excited,” Westerman said. “Since I’ve left Toledo and made films, I’ve never been able to come back and exhibit anything I’ve done.”
The evening will be presented by the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) and Toledo Free Press Star.
“The Arts Commission was excited about Artomatic and celebrating a native who looks like he’s on his way to bigger and better things, so we decided to make a special event to celebrate Derek’s achievement and let him know Toledo still cares about him,” said Ryan Bunch, ACGT performing and literary arts coordinator.
Westermans work will be shown April 16 during Artomatic 419! as well, but this night will be a more intimate view of the work of the Toledo native.
“We’re a community that acts as a springboard, but, inevitably, it seems like people come back a lot. So I think this is just a really exciting way to showcase the talent that is from here and goes to other places and show that once you leave, home is always still here for you. That there’s still a partnership and connection even though you might have relocated,” Bunch said.
Another highlight of the evening will be the premiere of Westerman’s college senior thesis project.
Outside of his family and close friends, there are not many people who have seen the 15-minute short film he wrote and directed — as Westerman puts it, “literally no one.”
The film is a period piece set in the 1930s about pornography and stars his friend Clark Duke, now of “Hot Tub Time Machine” and “Kick-Ass” fame, and features Cera, Westerman said.
“It’s an extra hometown exclusive deal,” Bunch said.
Westerman was already friends with Duke, who happened to live in the same apartment complex as Cera while he was played Jason Bateman’s son in “Arrested Development,” so the three started hanging out.
“Clark read the script and begged me to be in it, so he was the main actor,” Westerman said. “I wrote a part for Mike and he said ‘sounds great,’ and so we did it.”
Doors open at 5 p.m. at The Blarney Bullpen, 601 Monroe St. There will be a $5 admission that includes soft drinks and a light buffet and there will be a cash bar. Films begin at 6 p.m. followed by a Q&A session.