Jason Sudeikis just wants to bring people together. In his most recent film Tumbledown, Sudeikis explores what it means to fall in love in one of the unlikeliest places with one of the unlikeliest people—and ultimately what that means about us as humans.

IVY members attended a pre-screening of the film with New York Film Critics series and stayed after for a special talkback with Jason and the film’s creative team. During the screening, we grabbed Jason and asked him the big question:

What role does film have in inspiring people to take action and make a difference in their community?


In Tumbeldown Jason’s character, Andrew McDonnell, is a New York City writer looking to tell the lost story of a deceased musician. He finds the musician’s ex-wife, Hannah, and through her, he traces the rugged, snowy landscape of northern Maine.

For Jason, film as a genre offers the “window of empathy” we’re all looking for in life. It peels back our humanity and shows us what it means to see the world through someone else’s eyes. In doing that, it also brings us together.  

In an age of instant communication, the desolate Maine landscape of the film initially feels otherworldly: a retreat from city life. But by the end of the film, it’s this otherworld that offers resolution. Like the small Maine community of Tumbledown, Sudeikis thinks all of us are looking for more fulfillment than we find in our daily lives. He believes film as a genre has the extraordinary ability to bring us together for an experience more real than the world around us.

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