Directed by: Tony Ahedo
USA, 2021, 110m
East Coast Premiere/2nd US Screening
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In this surprisingly elegant and impressively acted coming-of-age drama, a teenaged Florida skateboarder, Sam (Parker Padgett, Surviving Lunch), struggles at the prospect of parenthood as he prepares to visit his own long-absent, imprisoned father soon after learning that his girlfriend Ana (Devon Hales, Teenage Bounty Hunters) is pregnant. It’s not long before Sam begins to question all the icons that have defined his life, and to re-evaluate his struggles with his mother (Julia Denton, The Fundamentals of Caring) and the idyllic memories of his father, a wonderfully malevolent Tony Demil (Succession), during the time before his dad left his mom for another woman. Part of Icon’s pleasures is its careful attention to small details like the 8mm home movies that shape Sam’s memories, his awkward attempts at petty crime to raise money for an abortion, and his skateboarders’ use of shoelaces for belts. An assured directorial debut from Ringling College of Art & Design graduate Tony Ahedo, Icon is a real, gritty, and personal drama that highlights what life is like growing up in Florida.