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San Francisco musician and rising star Goh Nakamura’s (playing himself) life of solitude is disrupted when he is hired to teach TV actor Danny Turner (Chadd Stoops) how to play guitar for an upcoming film. Hell bent on accurately portraying Goh’s mellow vibe for his role, Danny meticulously studies his every move. Together, the two embark on a hilarious West Coast adventure involving live gigs, groupies, shotgun-wielding record exes and an unexpected friendship. Along the way, Goh discovers that Danny may be the missing puzzle piece in his life-long chase for Rachel (Lynn Chen), the one that got away. Surrogate Valentine had its world premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and has since won numerous awards at film festivals worldwide. Synopsis provided by Tiger Industry Films.
“Director Dave Boyle has delivered a film that might be drained of a color palette but that remains flooded with humor and charm.” Michael Tully, Hammer to Nail