From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography, the original music he wrote, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues, this film looks not just at Anton’s impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man. Born in the former Soviet Union to a family of artists, Anton and his parents came to the U.S. when he was six months old. He started acting at nine. He had a genuine curiosity and love for people, for art, and for family. And a willingness to explore, and be open with, the darker parts of himself. Love, Antosha explores his successes and his struggles, and lets viewers get to know this extraordinary person the world was cheated from seeing grow old.
Love, Antosha is now available digitally, starting November 12, 2019 on iTunes and other platforms:
Directed by Garret Price
Runtime: 93 minutes
Brooke Blumberg, Tiffany Malloy, Alexandra Cutler, Zoe Raynor, Alejandra Buitrago
From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography, the original music he wrote, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues, this film looks not just at Anton’s impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man. Born in the former Soviet Union to a family of artists, Anton and his parents came to the U.S. when he was six months old. He started acting at nine. He had a genuine curiosity and love for people, for art, and for family. And a willingness to explore, and be open with, the darker parts of himself. Love, Antoshaexplores his successes and his struggles, and let’s viewers get to know this extraordinary person the world was cheated from seeing grow old.
Last year I was approached by my friend and filmmaker Drake Doremus about directing a film on the life and career of Anton Yelchin. Since his death his parents began archiving home movies, interviews, his personal journals and letters with the hopes of one day handing the material off to a filmmaker to tell Anton’s story. After meeting his parents and hearing about their son’s incredible life, I immediately knew it was a story that needed to be told.
Through my initial research, including lengthy conversations with his parents I was struck by what a complex and multifaceted person Anton was. What especially captivated me was this incredible bond he had with them, specifically his mother Irina. It was an aspect I really wanted to explore and ultimately framed the film around this relationship. I was fascinated by this appreciation and gratitude he had for them and was something I really connected with being a parent myself. I was also mesmerized by the profound effect he had on anyone that crossed his path. Whether you knew Anton for five minutes or five years, he left a deep impression on your life and this was reflected in all of our interviews.
At the time I came onto the project I was really only familiar with Anton through a handful of his films like the Star Treks, Alpha Dogand Like Crazy. I think that worked to my advantage when finding the story I wanted to tell. I could truly do it through an objective eye, which was essential. However, as I was making Love, Antosha I found myself wanting to absorb Anton’s full catalog of work and I’m hoping that will have the same effect on an audience.
There were 2 specific themes that I wanted to explore in the film and those were family and perseverance. On top of that it’s also a film about the love of cinema.
When making a film like this, which is essentially a portrait of someone, you have a huge responsibility to tell the whole story. With that comes a delicate balance especially when a family is involved. While Anton’s parents gave me complete autonomy and trust to tell the story I wanted to tell, there is this challenge of cementing the subject’s extraordinary life, but also exploring some of his personal struggles. This is what humanizes and makes Anton relatable. There is also the responsibility to Anton himself. He aspired to honesty in his art and that had to be reflected in this film.
The emotion of this story was always going to be there because of the tragedy, but I think the amazing takeaway is that audiences are going to leave feeling inspired. Anton was the definition of living life to the fullest. He accomplished so much in such a short amount of time, it’s unimaginable what the future would have held for him. What I love hearing after people watch is they just want to go home and call their own parents or tell their own children how much they love them which I found myself doing everyday while making Love, Antosha.
Anton Yelchin’s acclaimed work in projects such as Hearts in Atlantis, Charlie Bartlett, Alpha Dog, Like Crazy, The Beaver, Green Room, Star Trek and many other memorable roles throughout a prolific career, proved him to be one of the best actors of his generation. A talented and successful actor from a young age, the legacy of Anton extends far beyond his best known characters. Those close to Anton also know him as a photographer and songwriter, and for his proudest roles: son and friend.
Anton’s latest work can be seen in the dark comedy, Thoroughbredsalongside Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke for director Cory Finley; Rememory opposite Peter Dinklage;and with his voicework as Jim Lake Jr. in Guillermo del Toro’s animated Netflix series, Trollhunters.
Anton captivated audiences with his portrayal of the young Chekov in the Star Trek film series. He most recently reprised this role in the 2016 film, Star Trek: Beyond.
In 2015, Anton starred alongside Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris in Cymbeline, the modern day telling of the William Shakespeare story, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival; the thriller Green Room alongside Patrick Stewart, in which Anton starred as the head of a punk band who witnesses a murder; The Driftless Area opposite John Hawkes; Broken Horses with Vincent D’Onofrio and Chris Marquette; the romantic comedy 5 to 7 with Glenn Close and Frank Langella which premiered to rave reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival; Risealongside Sarah Dumont & Guy Wilson for director David Karlak; We Don’t Belong Here in which he played Catherine Keener’s son who suddenly goes missing; the narrative drama, Porto, for director Gabe Klinger and producer Jim Jarmusch.
In 2014, he co-starred in Burying the Ex for director Joe Dante which premiered at the Venice Film Festival; The Dying of the Lightopposite Nicolas Cage for director Paul Schrader; Rudderlessfor director William H. Macy alongside Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup and Felicity Huffman, for which he won the Chicago International Film Festival Award for Best Actor; The Experimenteralongside Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard; Only Lovers Left Alivefor director Jim Jarmusch alongside Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska. He also garnered critical acclaim for his starring role in Stephen Sommer’s Odd Thomas.
In 2013, audiences saw Anton reprise his role as ‘Pavel Chekov’ in Paramount’s Star Trek: Into the Darknessand his role as ‘Clumsy Smurf’ in Sony’s Smurfs 2. Anton also voiced the lead character in the English version of the film From Up on Poppy Hill.
Anton received critical acclaim for his starring role in Drake Doremus’ film Like Crazy, for which he was honored with the “Artist to Watch” Award at 2011 Aspen Film Festival and the “Hollywood Spotlight Award” at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival.
Anton also garnered praise from critics for his performance as ‘Porter Black’ in The Beaverco-starring with Mel Gibson and Jennifer Lawrence for director Jodie Foster.
Anton’s additional film credits include a starring role opposite Colin Farrell and Toni Collete in Disney/Dreamworks thriller Fright Night; his voicework in the animated feature, The Pirates Band of Misfits, starring Hugh Grant and Salma Hayek; starring as Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvationopposite Christian Bale and Sam Worthington; starring in “Charlie Bartlett” as a title character opposite Robert Downey Jr; Alpha Dogopposite Bruce Willis; Hearts in Atlantisopposite Anthony Hopkins; Fierce Peopleopposite Diane Lane; Middle of Nowhereopposite Susan Sarandon; House of Dopposite Robin Williams; starring along with an all-star cast in New York, I Love You; and Court of Conscienceopposite Jon Voight.
Anton has also appeared on some of television’s most critically acclaimed shows including the Showtime series Hufffor two seasons and guest starring roles on Criminal Minds, Law and Orderand Curb Your Enthusiasm.
GARRET PRICE (Director)
Garret Price is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker who received his M.F.A. from the American Film Institute. His feature editing credits include both critically acclaimed documentary and narrative films such as Lucasfilm's "THE DIRECTOR AND THE JEDI", Amy Berg’s “JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE” and Jesse Zwick's "ABOUT ALEX.” Garret also collaborated with Gia Coppola for the Blood Orange hit music video “You’re Not Good Enough” and cut Tatia Pilieva's Cannes Gold Lion winning viral film sensation “FIRST KISS.” Most recently he wrapped the dramatic series "NASHVILLE" and is currently working on Drake Doremus' next film.
"LOVE, ANTOSHA" marks his directorial debut.
DRAKE DOREMUS (Producer)
Drake Doremus is a writer/director/producer and a graduate of the American Film Institute. He is currently in production on an untitled film starring Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, and Sebastian Stan which follows a 30-something woman navigating through love and heartbreak over the course of one year. He is also producing the recently announced documentary about Anton Yelchin, Love, Antosha.
Doremus’ feature-length directorial debut, Douchebag, made its world premiere in Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, his second feature, Like Crazy, won the Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture. The film was glowingly received by audiences and critics alike, and was released by Paramount the following October.
Doremus premiered yet another film, Breathe In,at the 2013 Festival. The film, which stars Emmy® winner Guy Pearce, Like Crazystar Felicity Jones, and Academy Award® nominee Amy Ryan, was released in early 2014. His subsequent film, Equals, a futuristic love story produced by Scott Free and starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristin Stewart, made its world premiere in competitionat the 72ndVenice International Film Festival and was released by A24 in July 2016.
In 2017 his next film, Newness, was produced by Scott Free and stars Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Danny Houston, Matthew Gray Gubler, Courtney Eaton and Albert Hammond Jr. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released on Netflix in the fall of 2017. Doremus’ film follows two millennials navigating a boundary-pushing relationship in a social media driven hookup culture.
His most recent film, Zoe, premiered as the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival’s Centerpiece title. Amazon Prime released the film, starring Ewan McGregor and Lea Seydoux, in July 2018. Zoe follows the futuristic love story of two colleagues at a revolutionary research lab that explores the different ways technology can improve and perfect romantic relationships.
Doremus’s short film, “The Beauty Inside”, which he directed for Intel and Toshiba, received 3 Grand Prix awards at the prestigious 2013 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award®. He has completed commercial projects for brands such as Google, Samsung, Tylenol, and Facebook.
A native of Orange County, California, Doremus has been directing and performing improv since he was 12 years old. He studied with several well-respected improvisational teachers, including his mother, Cherie Kerr, a founding member of The Groundlings.
ADAM GIBBS (Producer)
Adam Gibbs is a producer who most recently completed work on the documentary featureLove, Antoshaabout the extraordinary life and career of Anton Yelchin. The film was directed by Garret Price and also produced by Drake Doremus.
Gibbs also produced writer/director Stacy Cochran’sWrite When You Get Workstarring Finn Wittrock, Rachel Keller, Emily Mortimer, and shot by Oscar winning cinematographer Robert Elswit, ASC. It premiered at SXSW in 2018 where it was acquired by Abramarama and Amazon. Prior to that he produced We Don't Belong Herestarring Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin and directed by Peer Pedersen which was released in the Spring of 2017 via Sony Pictures Worldwide. He also produced Finders Keepers, from directors Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released by The Orchard, Lucky Themdirected by Megan Griffiths and starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and was released by IFC films, and Live at the Foxes Dendirected by Michael Kristoff and starring Elliott Gould, which was released by Gravitas Ventures and Warner Digital.
Gibbs is prepping to shoot director Bryan Carberry’s next film The A-Bomb Kid, based on the autobiography by John Aristotle Phillips and David Michaelis, in the spring of 2019 and is in development on a number of other features as well as a TV pilot with Warner Bros. TV. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and resides in LA.
Directed by Garret Price
Produced by Adam Gibbs
Produced by Drake Doremus
Jordan P. Krause
Edited by Garret Price
Cinematography by Radan Popovic, SAS
Music by Saul Simon MacWilliams
Anton’s Words Read by
(In Order of Appearance)
Dr. Parush Rao M.D.
Bryce Dallas Howard
The filmmakers would like to thank Irina and Viktor Yelchin
Whose support and participation made this film possible