Art and Experience: Set in 1969, “Coming Through The Rye” follows 16-year-old Jamie Schwartz (Alex Wolff), an outcast at his new boarding school, and an acolyte of author J.D. Salinger. Schwartz finds comfort and solace in Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” and deeply identifies with protagonist Holden Caulfield. Believing he’s destined to play the character, Schwartz adapts the novel into a play, but wishes to seek Salinger’s approval before staging it. He runs away from his school and picks up Deedee Gorlin (Stefania Owen), a quirky townie, to help him search for the reclusive author, played by Oscar-winner Chris Cooper. Along the way, Schwartz comes of age, and begins a journey of first love, sexual awakening, and discovering the meaning and purpose of one’s own life. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below, ahead of the 65th anniversary of “The Catcher in the Rye” on July 16th.
The film is written and directed by James Sadwith, and it’s based on a true story from his own young adult life. Sadwith previously directed two biographical miniseries “Sinatra” and “Elvis”; he created the crime anthology series “Gun,” which featured episodes directed by Robert Altman, James Foley, and others; and he has produced many, many more movies, miniseries, and show for television. His projects have won or been nominated for over 35 Emmy Awards and Golden Globes.
“Coming Through The Rye” premiered at the Austin Film Festival last year. It will be released theatrically this fall.