Louis C.K. is readying the release of “Fourth of July,” a new comedy-drama that marks the controversial comedian’s first feature directorial effort since admitting to sexual misconduct in 2017. The film, which C.K. also co-wrote with Joe List, centers on a recovering alcoholic from New York City who clashes with family on their annual July 4th vacation trip. List stars in the film opposite Sarah Tollemache, Paula Plum, Robert Walsh and Robert Kelly. C.K. also appears in a small role.
According to C.K.’s official website, “Fourth of July” will be getting a theatrical release starting July 1. Showtimes and theater locations have yet to be announced. C.K. will also be touring with the film for one-night only screenings in New York City (Beacon Theater, June 30), Boston (Shubert Theater, July 1) and Chicago (The Vic, July 2). Tickets for these special screenings are available now on C.K.’s website. Both List and C.K. will attend these showings and participate in a post-screening Q&A.
While C.K. has toured the country with comedy sets since admitting to sexual misconduct, the “Fourth of July” release will mark his return to movies for the first time since the 2017 controversy. A couple of months before C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct, he debuted his directorial effort “I Love You, Daddy” at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film starred C.K., Chloë Grace Moretz, Pamela Adlon John Malkovich, Rose Byrne, Charlie Day, Edie Falco and Helen Hunt. Moretz played a teenager who is seduced by an older film director.
Film distributor The Orchard had theatrical rights to “I Love You, Daddy” but canceled the film’s New York premiere shortly ahead of The New York Times dropping its report on C.K.’s history of sexual misconduct. The distributor then scrapped the film’s theatrical rollout and dropped the movie. “I Love You, Daddy” was never officially released.
Watch the trailer for C.K.’s “Fourth of July” in the video below.