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Laura (Clara Rugaard) and Harrison (Lewis Pullman) have the picture-perfect romance built on the foundation of a shared love of music. After a deadly accident, Laura is given the chance to save the love of her life when she discovers that their mixtape can transport her back in time. Featuring a moving soundtrack with songs by Japanese Breakfast, Father John Misty, Dayglow and more, Press Play reminds you that love can always be replayed.

Genres: Romance

Cast: Clara Rugaard, Lewis Pullman, Lyrica Okano, Christina Chang with Matt Walsh and Danny Glover

Director: Greg Björkman

Writers : Greg Björkman, James Bachelor

Producers: CJ ENM CO, Jonathan Schwartz, Josh Boone, and Logan Lerman

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CLARA RUGAARD

CLARA RUGAARD

Laura

LEWIS PULLMAN

LEWIS PULLMAN

Harrison

LYRICA OKANO

LYRICA OKANO

Chloe

CHRISTINA CHANG

CHRISTINA CHANG

Mrs. Knoll

MATT WALSH

MATT WALSH

Mr. Knoll

DANNY GLOVER

DANNY GLOVER

Cooper

GREG BJÖRKMAN

GREG BJÖRKMAN

Writer & Director

Director's Statement

PRESS PLAY is about expectations and control and how hard it is to let go of them. When I set out to make the film, I wanted to create something that would both entertain and teach the audience the importance of letting go of expected outcomes. I've been through experiences in my own life that have brought me to the realization that you can't control what other people think or do. I've found it's a difficult realization to come to terms with, and it's a challenge to control that impulse to try and change their mind.

I hope the film helps people realize that it's important to try and overcome that human instinct. If we expect control over everything in our lives, that path can lead us to unnecessary grief and suffering. We tend to set ourselves up for failure by expecting specific outcomes.

The film was heavily inspired by someone very near and dear to me and who aided in my personal growth. In part, I made this film as a coping mechanism for subconsciously realizing I was slowly losing them and their familiarity. Grief is difficult. It's not something that can be resolved immediately, nor is it a problem to be solved at all. Everyone deals with grief differently, but the definitive hardship we all must face in this life is loss. Watching Laura in PRESS PLAY, we can see the denial and mental battle she experiences. Her reaction to loss is just as severe the second time as it was the first, even though she already knows and has time to prepare for the undesired, inevitable outcome, something many of us can relate to.

I wouldn't have been able to make this film if it weren't for many people. Josh Boone shared the idea with me to shepherd into a script and a film. Alexandra Torinus, one of my professors, had so much confidence in me at such an early stage in my schooling when others didn't. Joan Darling taught me so much about patience. And the person I mentioned before who inspired me and helped me grow as a person. These people are among many who helped shape me and helped me grow as a person. I hope that this story and my future stories help others grow as well.

Greg Björkman

Listen to the Original Soundtrack on YouTube now!

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(L to R) Deven Craige, Michelle Zauner, Peter Bradley, and Craig Hendrix of the Japanese Breakfast as themselves in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Harrison (Lewis Pullman) and Laura (Clara Rugaard) bond over his fondness for Japanese Breakfast and on their first date at a Japanese Breakfast concert they begin the mixtape of the soundtrack of their love.

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Michelle Zauner of the Japanese Breakfast as herself in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Harrison (Lewis Pullman) and Laura (Clara Rugaard) bond over his fondness for Japanese Breakfast and on their first date at a Japanese Breakfast concert they begin the mixtape of the soundtrack of their love.

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(L to R) Lewis Pullman as Harrison, Clara Rugaard as Laura in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Laura (Clara Rugaard) and Harrison (Lewis Pullman) stand in front of the wall of mixtapes at Harrison’s job, Lost and Found, where they meet and connect over their shared passion for music.

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(L to R) Lyrica Okano as Chloe and Clara Rugaard as Laura in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

In the last song of the mixtape to take her back to save her love, Laura (Clara Rugaard) and Chloe (Lyrica Okano) stand in front of the Lost and Found where Laura meets Harrison (Lewis Pullman) for the first time.

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(L to R) Director Greg Björkman and Danny Glover as Cooper in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Director Greg Björkman gives direction to Danny Glover on the set of the PRESS PLAY.

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(L to R) Lewis Pullman as Harrison and Director Greg Björkman in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Director Greg Björkman gives direction to Lewis Pullman on the set of the PRESS PLAY.

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(L to R) Director Greg Björkman and Clara Rugaard as Laura in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Director Greg Björkman gives direction to Clara Rugaard on the set of the PRESS PLAY.

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(L to R) Clara Rugaard as Laura and Lyrica Okano as Chloe in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

After Harrison (Lewis Pullman) passes away, Laura (Clara Rugaard) reveals to Chloe (Lyrica) that when she plays the mixtape Harrison and her made together she can travel back in time to previous dates with Harrison.

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Lewis Pullman as Harrison in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Harrison (Lewis Pullman) is filled with joy to see Laura (Clara Rugaard) as he meets her at her art studio.

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Clara Rugaard as Laura in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

After Harrison (Lewis Pullman) passes away, Laura (Clara Rugaard) no longer has her other half to explore and create new songs on their mixtape.

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Danny Glover as Cooper in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Cooper (Danny Glover) is the owner of the Lost and Found record store which is where Laura (Clara Rugaard) and Harrison (Lewis Pullman) bonded over music.

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(L to R) Clara Rugaard as Laura, Lewis Pullman as Harrison in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Laura (Clara Rugaard) and Harrison (Lewis Pullman) love sharing their passions with each other, and Harrison takes Laura surfing for the first time to teach Laura.

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(L to R) Clara Rugaard as Laura, Lewis Pullman as Harrison in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Laura (Clara Rugaard) and Harrison (Lewis Pullman) paint a mural under a bridge on a rainy, Hawaiian night to commemorate their love and add a song to their mixtape.

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(L to R) Clara Rugaard as Laura, Lewis Pullman as Harrison in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Harrison (Lewis Pullman) gives Laura (Clara Rugaard) a necklace to remind her of his love.

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(L to R) Lewis Pullman as Harrison, Clara Rugaard as Laura, Matt Walsh as Mr. Knott, and Christina Chang as Mrs. Knott in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

It is a special moment for everyone as Laura (Clara Rugaard) and Harrison (Lewis Pullman) share dinner with Harrison’s parents, Mr. Knott (Matt Walsh) and Mrs. Knott (Christina Chang).

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(L to R) Lewis Pullman as Harrison, Matt Walsh as Mr. Knott in the romantic movie PRESS PLAY, The Avenue release. Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

Jim (Matt Walsh) smiles as he enjoys dinner with his son, Harrison (Lewis Pullman), and his son’s girlfriend, Laura (Clara Rugaard).

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#GregBjörkman is working together with #CJEntertainment to create his directorial debut with the music-driven romantic drama Press Play.

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First time #director #GregBjörkman partners with #JoshBoone, #LoganLerman, #JonathanSchwartz, and #CJEntertainment to make #PressPlay, a music driven romance. This movie will star #ClaraRugaard, #LewisPullman, #LyricaOkano, and #DannyGlover.

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We're excited to tell you that The Avenue has gotten the distribution rights to the #romcom #PressPlay! A young woman (#ClaraRugaard) has a chance to save the love of her life (#LewisPullman) when she discovers that the mixtape they made together can transport her back in time.

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#ScreenDaily announces that @TheAvenue.Film acquires #US Distribution rights over #new #romance film ‘Press Play’ starring #LewisPullman, #ClaraRugaard, #DannyGlover and #MattWalsh. Press Play follows a young woman, who has a chance to save the love of her life when she discovers that the mixtape they made together can transport her back in time.

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