Lousy Carter

This story, based on real events, centers around the main character of Lousy Carter (David Krumholtz), an immature professor unconcerned with political correctness, who masks his deep frustration with irony and laughter. Suddenly diagnosed with a terminal illness, he spends his last six months of life attending therapy and making questionable decisions.


Filmmaker Bob Byington is a well-known figure in American indie cinema of the past decades. His film may not boast an edgy aesthetic or a highly complex plot, but it features a stellar cast of indie legends: Stephen Root (Barry, Seberg) portrays a very traditional therapist, Martin Starr (Honey Boy) is Carter’s “best friend,” and Jocelyn DeBoer (Greener Grass, Thunder Road) plays his wife’s best friend. Lousy Carter premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, positioning itself as the most European entry of American indie cinema this year.


Year: 2023
Runtime: 80′
Country: USA
Direction: Bob Byington
Screenplay: Bob Byington
Cast: David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Olivia Thirlby
Cinematography: Carmen Hilbert, Lauren Pruitt
Genre: Comedy
Subtitles: Jara Segura, Elena Suñer Saldaña
Contact: First Sight Productions

Wins & nominations

2023: Festival de Locarno