2016 Portland Film Festival Presents:
Middle Man - Opening Night Narrative Film & Party
Lenny Freeman’s dream of being a famous comedian is about to become a nightmare. Not only is he stuck in a dead end accounting job, Lenny has a bigger problem -- Lenny is not funny. When his mother suddenly dies, he quits his job and heads to Vegas in search of fame. But along the way, a mysterious hitchhiker lures him into a desert-town killing spree with dark and twisted result – as the bodies pile up, Lenny actually becomes funnier and funnier.
Lenny Freeman is a straight-laced old-school accountant with a dream; to become a famous stand-up comedian. The problem is, Lenny is not very funny. Not even close.
When his mother dies, leaving him nothing but debt and her ‘53 Oldsmobile, Lenny hits the road to chase his dream and head to Vegas to audition for Monte Guy’s annual “Stand-Up Stand-Off”.
Along the way (and against his better judgment) Lenny picks up a mysterious traveler named “Hitch” and his trip quickly turns from bad to worse. When they stop at a small desert town, Lenny tries out his act at an open-mic, but a run-in with a heckler quickly leads to murder.
Now with a dead body in his trunk, Lenny and Hitch are on the run. As the body count piles up, Lenny tries to free himself from his psychotic sidekick and escape to Vegas with the girl of his dreams. But Hitch won’t shake so easily. They've got a contract. And the devil is in the details. Literally. Not to mention the fact that all this blood and mayhem is having a strange side-effect on Lenny. It is actually improving his comedy!