I Love My Dad

James Morosini, USA 2022, 96’
Polish premiere
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A father secretly begins sexting on his son’s behalf. Why? The parent, who had been absent for years, comes up with a 'brilliant idea' – in order to renew contact with his child he pretends to be an adorable waitress the son met accidentally in a restaurant. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

Writer-director-star Morosini’s funny, cringey, all-too-credible dramedy “I Love You Dad” really happened. “My dad asked me to tell you it didn’t,” claims an on-screen chyron at the outset, but it’s too good a story to pass up. And no matter how upset Morosini must have been to discover the deception at the time, his dad gave the budding indie filmmaker (“Threesomething”) the gift of a lifetime: great material.

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Michał Kaczoń


  • Chicago Critics FF 2022 - Audience Award
  • Cordillera IFF 2022 - Best Narrative Feature
  • Hill Country FF, US 2022 - Best Feature
  • SXSW FF 2022 - Audience Award, SXSW Grand Jury Award

James Morosini

An accomplished actor, James brings a passion for performance-oriented filmmaking to his deeply personal storytelling. After his micro-budget feature Threesomething was distributed in 2018, real life events served as the inspiration to write the award winning script I Love My Dad, which he directed last year and has its world premiere at SXSW '22.


2016 Single Minded (series)

2016 Game Night (short)

2018 Roxy (short)

2018 More (short)

2018 Threesomething

2019 Blush (short)

2022 I Love My Dad

Cast & Crew

director James Morosini
screenplay James Morosini
cinematography Steven Capitano Calitri
editing Josh Crockett
music Jeremy Bullock
cast James Morosini, Patton Oswalt, Claudia Sulewski, Amy Landecker, Lil Rel Howery, Rachel Dratch, Ricky Velez
producer Patton Oswalt, Daniel Brandt, Dane Eckerle, Phil Keefe, Sean King O'Grady, Sam Slater, Bill Stertz
production Atlas Industries, Hantz Motion Pictures, American High, Burn Later Productions
Polish distributor Aurora
language English
coloration colour
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