Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Oscar and Emmy nominated Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenagers – Zoe (Madeleine Martin, “Californication”) and Jack (Devon Graye, "American Horror Stories") – on a road trip to a conference in hopes of jumpstarting his career and reconnecting with his kids. But, when Lewis’s estranged father Stanley (Emmy Award-winning Stuart Margolin) goes missing on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, Lewis is forced to make a family detour. The Birch family find themselves on a journey of discovery and connection as they make their own passage west.
THE DISCOVERERS is a charming bittersweet comedy and moving debut feature from writer/director Justin Schwarz, led by Dunne's striking comeback performance. This heartfelt tale of family dysfunction and rediscovery features a talented ensemble cast including Emmy-nominee Cara Buono ("Mad Men"), David Rasche, (IN THE LOOP), Dreama Walker (“Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23”), NBR-winner Ann Dowd (COMPLIANCE), Becky Ann Baker ("Girls"), Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”), and John C. McGinley ("Scrubs").
The creative team includes cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt (BLING RING), production designer Kelly McGehee (WHAT MAISIE KNEW), editor Geraud Brisson (BIG SUR), costume designer Kim Wilcox (NOBODY WALKS), and writer/director Justin Schwarz making his feature debut.