Denver’s Arnold Grossman Shifts From Author To Director With ‘The Boat Builder’

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Photo: Christopher Lloyd in Arnold Grossman's The Boat Builder
Christopher Lloyd stars in Arnold Grossman's "The Boat Builder."

He may be land-locked now, but Denver writer and director Arnold Grossman has a love of the sea -- as does the main character in his new film, "The Boat Builder." It follows a cranky old sea captain named Abner, played by Christopher Lloyd, who's probably best known for his role as Doc Brown in "Back to the Future." Abner softens a little when an orphan stumbles onto his property. Together, they dream about sailing off in a boat they build together.

Photo: Denver writer, author Arnold Grossman
Denver writer, author and director Arnold Grossman

This is Grossman's first feature film. He's had many gigs before this, though: such as writing for an episode of the long-running television show "The Love Boat" and working with Colorado politicians Gary Hart and Patricia Schroeder. "The Boat Builder" screens Nov. 13 - 15 during the 2015 Denver Film Festival. Grossman spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

Listen to a song from the film: