Film Producers with Local Ties Showcase Media in First Full-Length Feature

Slow Learners opens in select theaters on Aug. 19

Slow Learners premieres in select theaters on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Local viewers are in for a pleasant surprise—and a lot of familiar scenes—in the upcoming movie Slow Learners, which was predominately filmed in Media. It opens in select theaters on Aug. 19, and is available through On Demand and iTunes the same day, and will play at the Roxy Theater in Philadelphia beginning Aug. 28. It’s the first full-length feature from MilkBoy Entertainment, an offshoot of Philadelphia’s MilkBoy recording studio.

The romantic comedy stars Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project) and Sarah Burns (I Love You, Man; Enlightened) as two friends and colleagues working in a suburban high school and struggling with their love lives. Pally’s character, Jeff, perhaps says it best: “Girls don’t like guys from upper-middle-class Pennsylvania.”

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It’s this premise that drives the movie’s plot, as the two lead characters make a pact to transform their boring, nerdy selves in a quest to find love. “I think it hits on what a lot of people are experiencing in the dating world in their mid 20s and 30s to early 40s,” says co-producer Jamie Lokoff. “This online world has brought about a new way of dating. It brings good things. But other parts make it more challenging.”

MilkBoy owner Lokoff grew up in Wynnewood and attended Lower Merion High School before earning his BFA from the University of Miami. Oscar-winning producer Tammy Tiehel-Stedman grew up in Delaware County and attended Ridley High School, where part of the film was shot. Slow Learners cast members Kate Flannery (The Office) and Charlie McDermott (The Middle), plus producer Brian O’Connor, MilkBoy founder/producer Tommy Joyner and directors Don Argott and Sheena Joyce, are also area natives. “Media is like small-town America,” Lokoff says. “I have strong feelings and ties to that area.”

Lokoff wants Pennsylvania audiences to have a similar reaction. “I hope they love it and really embrace it, like they would embrace a local sports team,” he says.


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