Director, cast discuss Tribeca Festival film "Goodbye to All That"


New York, NEW YORK -- Writer-Director Angus Maclachlan, actor Paul Schneider and actresses Melanie Lynskey and Audrey Scott all made an appearance at the SoHo Apple Store Saturday evening, April 19 as part of the “Meet the Filmmaker Tribeca Talks” series to promote their Tribeca Film Festival picture Goodbye to All That.

The film revolves around Otto Wall (Paul Schneider), who after his wife (Melanie Lynskey) unexpectedly requests a divorce is thrust back into the dating world, all while trying to maintain a relationship with his daughter (Audrey Scott).

“He bumps into life and life sort of bumps back,” Schneider said of his character.

The script comes from Junebug screenwriter Angus MacLachlan, making his directorial debut with the movie, which he said has been in the works for years and finally happened with “a little luck… [and] a little grace.”

“I’m so fortunate that I got this made,” he said. “There are not a lot of Hollywood films that are sort of about these human stories.”

Schneider said he was attracted to the the movie because of how relatable the characters seemed.

“I feel like we all sort of feel like this,” he said. “Each one of the characters I found when reading the script was fully realized there.”

Lynskey, known for her role on the sitcom, Two and a Half Men said that when she read the script she got a good feeling, which prompted her to get involved.

“I just [felt] like there’s something here I need[ed] to work with, that I need to express,” she said. “It was really, really cathartic.”

Scott agreed with that instinctive feeling one gets when looking at a strong script and said her role was “fun to play.”

“I really liked the character of Eddie when I was auditioning,” Scott said. “Some things proposed a challenge. I loved it.”

The film has comedy and drama, which MacLachlan said are both present because “life is life that,” with funny and horrible elements.

Rounding out the cast are Heather Graham, Anna Camp, Michael Chernus, Amy Sedaris and Celia Weston.

Goodbye to All That will play two more times during the course of the festival: tonight and Saturday at 6 p.m.