Hollars: Starring and Directed by John Krasinski

John Krasiniski’s second feature, The Hollars, from a script by Jim Strouse that is both hilarious and heartbreaking, offers a poignant look at the bonds of family and friendship.

John Krasinski is the star, director, and producer:

THE HOLLARS is a film that has long been a part of my life, and as my role in making it evolved from actor to director, so too did my connection to this story. I fell in love with Jim Strouse’s script and the honesty with which he looked at this family at this particular moment in time.

For me, the movie struck a very personal chord, as I was about to start a family of my own, but my sincere hope for this film and the reason I am so drawn to this kind of human story, is that it will resonate differently with every person who sees it. Whatever your background or experience, big family or small, the family you were born into or the one you’ve created, The Hollars can be at once universal in its themes and uniquely personal in its heart and sense of humor.

One of the greatest challenges here was to navigate those hairpin turns between humor and emotion in all the ways that make real life as joyful and funny as it is tragic – and often, most surprisingly, at the same time. I am so thrilled to bring this story to life, and to do it with this cast is simply surreal.

John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York.

About John Krasinski

Krasinski has established himself as an actor, writer and director, engaging audiences on the big, the small screen and on the stage.
Krasinski recently starred as a Navy SEAL in Michael Bay’s 13 HOURS: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi alongside James Badge Dale.
Krasinski notably starred on NBC’s Emmy-winning smash hit “The Office” for nine seasons, where he portrayed the charming boy-next-door Jim Halpert.
His recent film credits include the Gus Van Sant directed PROMISED LAND, which he also wrote with Matt Damon; Disney Pixar’s MONSTER’S UNIVERSITY in which he lent his voice; legendary Japanese filmmaker Hiyao Miyazaki’s latest animated film THE WIND RISES; and Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA. His additional film roles include performances in the uplifting family film BIG MIRACLE; SOMETHING BORROWED; Nancy Meyers’ IT’S COMPLICATED; Sam Mendes’ AWAY WE GO; the animated smash hits MONSTERS VS. ALIENS and SHREK THE THIRD; George Clooney’s LEATHERHEADS; Ken Kwapis’ LICENSE TO WED; Christopher Guest’s FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION and Bill Condon’s KINSEY.

In 2009, Krasinski adapted and directed the David Foster Wallace book, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. The independently financed film screened at Sundance, and was released by IFC later that year.

He also co-wrote an untitled action-adventure script with Oren Uziel, which was sold to Warner in 2013 that he will produce alongside Uziel.

This year he received rave reviews for his performance in The Public Theater production of “Dry Powder” by Thomas Kail, with Claire Danes and Hank Azaria.

Through his own Sunday Night banner, Krasinski executive produces “Lip Sync Battle” on Spike TV alongside Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant, based on the popular segment on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” which he created with Merchant and Fallon in 2013. The hit show is currently airing its second season and was recently picked up for a third. Sunday Night recently made an overall producing deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television. Krasinski notably starred on NBC’s Emmy®-winning smash hit “The Office” for nine seasons, where he portrayed the charming boy-next-door Jim Halpert.
Krasinski graduated from Brown University as an honors playwright and later studied at the National Theater Institute. Born and raised in Newton, Mass., Krasinski currently resides in New York.