Actor Josh Radnor, star of hit television series “How I Met Your Mother,” is flying into San Francisco from the Sundance Film Festival tonight for a screening of his new film Liberal Arts at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in Japantown.
Radnor made his writing and directorial debut in 2010 with the film HappyThankYouMorePlease which audiences loved but critics detested. But reviews by critics for Liberal Arts have so far been much more positive and the film has been cited as being one of the fan favorites at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film centers around Jesse (Radnor), a thirty-something admissions officer at a New York university, that returns to his alma matter in Ohio to speak at the retirement dinner of a favorite professor. While on campus Jesse meets a college sophomore Zibby (Elizabeth Olson) and forges an instant connection with the starry-eyed young scholar–they connect over literature and music and discuss pop culture. Clinging to those rosy thoughts his adolescence evokes for him, Jesse rediscovers the draw of campus life and the excitement one feels when they see their entire life ahead of them.
Don’t worry if you feel yourself getting sentimental because you can’t make it out for Thursday’s showing: IFC will be releasing Liberal Arts in theaters later this year.