World Premiere at the 11th Global Nonviolent Film Festival

By Will Espero

The Family Planner is a short film directed by Dan Pavlik about a young couple tasked with administering the estate of a deceased auntie. Amidst her belongings, a mysterious book about the couple’s past, present, and future is found with accurate and revealing information. The wife is frightened by the contents she reads and asks the husband to not read the book and to lock it away.

The husband says yes but does not hold up to the agreement he made with his wife. His partial glimpse of the future impacts his behavior, attitude, actions, and words as he deals with the positive and negative knowledge he should not have attained. The husband’s relationship with his wife and their desire to have children create a narrative about dreams, goals, changes and trust in the environment of an active American lifestyle. In the end, The Family Planner shows how the misinterpretation of information can create unnecessary fear, worry, and drama.

Director Dan Pavlik

Dan Pavlik is a writer and director from the USA. He co-wrote and directed the feature film Nominated, co-starring Carl Lumbly and Brian Degan Scott. The script was a 2008 Nicholl Fellowship Quarter Finalist. In addition to The Family Planner, he also wrote and directed That One-tenth of Good, and numerous online parodies and musical spoofs.

I’ve been at this for 20+ years, and I know you are only as good as your actors. This movie is great because of the superb people who flexed their incredible talents, making this story come to life. I am eternally grateful to each of them. 

I take my work seriously, but I’m never too serious. I realize that I’m not curing cancer, and I’m super lucking to be able to do what I love. Thank you to every person who contributed to making this project a reality! I hope your are proud to have been a part if it. I am proud of all of you.

Dan Pavlik

The Family Planner is an Official Selection at the 2022 edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival, and it can be watched from September 29 to October 10 on globalnonviolentfilmfestival.comD!