Take Me Home

Take Me Home

Amber Jaeger, Victor Garber, Cristine Rose and Sam Jaeger in TAKE ME HOME, a film by Sam Jaeger. Photo credit: Scott Sheff. Picture courtesy Monterey Media. All rights reserved.

Take Me Home

Co-Executive Producer:
  • Matthew Kirk
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Take Me Home (2011/2012)

Opened: 02/07/2012 Limited

LA Film Fes...03/23/2012 - 03/23/20121 day

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Genre: Romantic Comedy

Rated: PG-13 for for some sexual references.


After getting turned down by a photography agency, Thom finds his landlord throwing all of his belongings out into the hallway. With no job prospects and no place to sleep, Thom must turn to his recurring last resort: driving his illegal taxicab around the streets of New York.

Fortunately for him, Claire Barrow isn't having a good day, either. First she comes home to find her husband flirting with his new secretary, then discovers her estranged father has suffered a heart attack in California. In a frenzy, Claire runs out into the night and hails what she assumes to be a cab. What she gets instead ... is Thom.

With her life in ruins, Claire decides on a whim to pay Thom to drive her out to California. With nothing in New York to call his own, Thom reluctantly agrees.

The path across America takes more than the usual detours, through mountains, barren deserts, and the occasional family reunion. But it's what awaits Thom and Claire in California that forces them to choose between the lives they've left behind, and the possibilities glimpsed along their journey.

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"Pure magic. The best romantic comedy I've seen in years!" -- Amy R. Handler, Film Threat

"The film was fantastic on every level. A wonderful and sprawling trip across the country. The film has a quiet charm that is fascinating. A real treat for anyone who loves a good film and a nice story." -- Examiner.com

"If you can only see one movie during the Savannah film festival this year, make it the independent feature TAKE ME HOME. The film is funny, unpredictable, touching, beautifully paced - and extremely well-made. I predict it will be Hollywood's next MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, the dark horse to come from behind. TAKE ME HOME is a revelation." -- Connect Savannah

"Truly engrossing and definitely funny... This indie is so good that i expect it will be one of hits of 2012. Take me home is worthy of an academy award or two." -- Napa Valley Register

"Once and a while, a film comes out of nowhere and knocks your socks off... A great cast of actors, a surprising script, and a lot of heart. What unfolds is a touching, funny, and refreshingly original comedy/drama... That is funny without ever trying to be funny and heart warming without ever becoming cheesy." -- BigVisionEmptyWallet.com

"The story has the makings of a romantic comedy goldmine." -- Sight On Sound

"TAKE ME HOME is part romantic comedy and part road movie. Fans of either genre will find themselves enchanted with the chemistry between the two and the sincerity of its charm. A truly unique experience." -- TheScoreCardReview.com

"Just sit back and enjoy" -- Last Movie Critic.Com

"This is one of the best romantic comedies I have seen in a very long time, the writing is hilarious, tender and clever from start to finish... A funny, fast-paced road trip that's well worth taking. I cannot recommend seeing this film enough." -- Videoviews.Org

Director's Statement

Movies for me have always been about transportation: to a new time, unfamiliar places, and wholly new experiences. When we're transported, we seldom return unchanged. These events shape us in ways we couldn't imagine. This is why I spent seven years on Take Me Home. It's a story about two people who leave all the familiarities of their life, venture into the unknown, and return from their experiences transformed. It's about how we react when we're stripped of our habits: how frightening that can be, but more importantly how renewing it ultimately is.

With the backdrop of the American landscape, the congestion of New York City, the rolling plains of the midwest, the blinding expanse of the desert and the west's rejuvenating coastlines, Take Me Home is a film about making time to look around at where we are in life. Sometimes we're too far down the road. Sometimes we're stuck in the past. The transformation Claire and Thom go through together in Take Me Home, toward releasing their expectations and learning to simply be, are changes I continually strive for in my own life.

For me, this film is a reminder to let things go. I hope it does the same for those willing to come along for the ride.

-- Sam Jaeger, Writer/Director, Take Me Home

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Sam Jaeger (Writer/Director/Thom)

Best known for his performance on NBC's "Parenthood", Sam can also be seen in the upcoming feature "Miss Dial". In addition to his film and television acting credits (including "Lucky Number Slevin" and "Catch & Release"), Sam has co-written and co-produced several short films. The first, "Quiz Bowl", caught the eye of Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), who signed on for his next short, "Advantage Hart". That film was an official selection for The Hollywood Film Festival. Jaeger's recent directorial debut, the short "Untold", is an adaptation of Sherwood Anderson's classic 1919 novel, "Winesburg, Ohio".

Amber Jaeger (Claire)

Amber is the star of thriller Solitary, directed by Greg Derochie (www.solitarymovie.com), Amber plays Sara, an agoraphobic woman trying to solve the mystery of her husband's disappearance. With the Vox Humana Theater Company, Amber starred in the Pulitzer Prize winning How I learned to Drive and the LA Weekly Pick, Comedy of Errors, among others.

Jesse M. Feldman, SOC (Director of Photography)

Jesse Feldman is a director of photography and camera operator based in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinema and Television, he utilizes a lengthy resume of experience shooting a variety of genres, styles, and formats- including green screen, SFX and time lapse footage.

Jesse is credited as Director of Photography and Camera Operator in an extensive collection of narrative, music video/commercial, and documentary films -- and additionally touts over seven years experience as a Camera Assistant.

Take Me Home was shot using the fantastic Red One camera system at Jesse's direction.

Damien LeVeck (Editor / Post-Production Supervisor)

Damien LeVeck is a Los Angeles-based film, television and promo editor. While he now concentrates on feature-length narrative film editing, he began his career with documentaries.

His documentary credits include Corso -- The Last Beat (Ethan Hawke, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso) and Getting Beyond (Desmond Tutu, Deepak Chopra).

Damien recently edited two short films for Heather Morris of Fox's Glee, which have been recognized by national film festivals. He currently works for E! Entertainment, editing the day-of-air television show E! News (Ryan Seacrest). Additionally, Damien moonlights for various reality shows and is in high demand for cutting sizzles and development pitches.

Damien graduated from the University of Southern California's School for Cinematic Arts. He is a native of Illinois.

Jane Kelly Kosek (Producer)

Jane is an independent film producer and co-founder of Wonder Entertainment. In 2011, Jane produced the short documentary Pipe Dreams. In 2010, Jane produced the Starz documentary Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible and the romantic drama The Diary of Preston Plummer, starring Trevor Morgan and Rumer Willis. In 2009, Jane produced the romantic comedy Take Me Home, starring Sam Jaeger and Amber Jaeger, which world-premiered at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival. In 2007, Jane produced the romantic drama Not Since You, starring Desmond Harrington, Kathleen Robertson and Christian Kane. Jane also executive produced Tennessee, starring Mariah Carey, which had its World Premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Other titles that Jane has produced include the first adaptation of a Thomas Ligotti short story titled The Frolic, the micro-budget thriller Fierce Friend, and the drama Straight Line, which premiered at the 2005 South by Southwest Film Festival. Prior to producing, Jane worked with Academy Award-winning screenwriter and producer Akiva Goldsman on numerous studio productions.

Michael Hobert (Producer)

Michael's knowledge and ingenuity helped pave the way for one of the industry's emerging creators. Currently working on his show "Uncle Mike" for Warner Brothers Studios, which he co-created alongside his brother Tim, Michael has worked on production in almost every capacity -- writing, producing, directing, acting, editing, sound and production design. Involved in the film business since 1997, Michael co-wrote and produced the short film "Advantage Hart" starring Kate Bosworth. Michael then attended USC School of Cinema and graduated with a B.A. in Film Production. This is Michael's second collaboration with Sam Jaeger, and the two are currently writing a new screenplay to follow up Take Me Home.

Jade DeCosta (Co-Producer)

Jade is an independent film producer and partner in the production company Wonder Entertainment. In 2010, Jade co-produced the romantic drama The Diary of Preston Plummer, starring Trevor Morgan and Rumer Willis. In 2009, she co-produced the romantic comedy Take Me Home, starring Sam Jaeger and Amber Jaeger, which won audience awards at the Boston Film Festival and Rhode Island International Film Festival. In 2007, Jade line produced the romantic drama Not Since You, starring Desmond Harrington, Kathleen Robertson and Christian Kane, which premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival. Other films produced by Wonder Entertainment include the drama Straight Line, which premiered at the 2005 South by Southwest Film Festival, the micro budget thriller Fierce Friend, and the short films The Frolic, which is the first adaptation of a Thomas Ligotti short story, Gay Baby and The One That Got Away. Jade's other film credits include East of Sunset, The Third Wish starring Betty White and Armand Assante, In The Mix starring Usher and Emmanuelle Chriqui, American Zombie directed by Grace Lee, Cougar Club starring Joe Mantegna and Kaley Cuoco, Stolen starring John Hamm and Josh Lucas, and the Starz documentary Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible.

Rene Smallwood (Associate Producer)

Producer Rene Smallwood has had firsthand experience both on the set and within the production office on major studio pictures, including Mickey Blue Eyes and Shaft, as well as small independent films. She moved to Los Angeles to work with producer Adam Schroeder at Warner Brothers. Independently, she has produced two short films and continues to develop features with other independent producers. Another aspect of her career includes the physical production of marketing materials (Electronic Press Kits) and alternative media platform campaigns for films with major studios. This work includes creating, producing and directing documentaries for broadcast and DVD release.