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Dir. Kelly O'Sullivan. Alex Thompson
115 min

Closing Night Film

Ticket includes access to Closing Party

When melancholic construction worker Dan finds himself drifting from his wife and daughter, he unwittingly joins a local theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet, where he discovers community and purpose. As the drama onstage starts to mirror his own life, he and his family are forced to confront a personal loss.

Dan’s not the counseling type, but as it turns out, he’s the amateur theater type. When he joins a neighborhood production of Romeo and Juliet, he discovers a side of himself that’s long hidden. Filmmakers Kelly O'Sullivan and Alex Thompson are both artistic and life partners, and here direct a real-life acting family who embody the family in Ghostlight – actors Keith Kupferer (Dan), Tara Mallen (Dan’s wife, Sharon) and their daughter, Katherine Mallen Kupferer (Daisy). The result is a droll and moving portrait of resilience, love, and the healing power of theater.

Film Details

Release Year: 2024
Runtime: 115 min
Country/Region: USA
Language: English
Print Source: IFC Films
Tags: Arts, Drama, Dramedy, Family, Guest Attending, Theatre, Women Directors


Director: Kelly O'Sullivan. Alex Thompson
Executive Producer: Dolly de Leon, Adam Kersh, Jeanne McInerney, Elissa Morgante, Fred Wilson, Eric Ashworth, Amar Gupta, Stephen Lanus, Brian Lee, Raphael Nash, Daniel Sanchez, Fred Levine, Tami Mizrahi, Bob & Lynne Ryan, Nathan Smith
Producer: Ian Keiser, Alex Wilson, Pierce Cravens, Eddie Linker, Chelsea Krant, Alex Thompson
Cinematographer: Luke Dyra
Screenwriter: Kelly O'Sullivan
Editor: Mike Smith
Composer: Quinn Tsan
Principal Cast: Keith Kupferer, Katherine Mallen Kupferer, Tara Mallen, Dolly De Leon