Noël Wells' directorial debut Mr. Roosevelt finds an transplanted Texan returning home to Austin from Los Angeles to bury the pet cat she left behind with her ex-boyfriend. Played by Wells, Emily is in a bad place. She is stuck in a nowhere job as a production company editor while struggling to make it as a comedian. Things get worse when Emily returns to Austin and discovers her ex-boyfriend (Nick Thune) has not just gotten over her but is in a committed and loving relationship with a resourceful entrepreneur (Britt Lower) who is the direct opposite of the seemingly lost Emily. The death of Emily's cat, Mr. Roosevelt, forces her to confront her past and look ahead to a possibly not-so-bright past. Born in San Antonio, and raised in Victoria, comedian/actress Noël Wells graduated from the University of Texas before eventually making her way from Austin to California. After spending the 2013-14 season as a featured player on Saturday Night Live, Wells landed a role on the Aziz Ansari Netflix series Master of None. Her relationship with Netflix extends to The Incredible Jessica James and the upcoming Happy Anniversary. Wells also appeared in Bob Byington's Austin-shot Infinity Baby. Mr. Roosevelt, which Wells wrote and directed, premiered locally during this year's SXSW Film Festival and won the Lone Star Award and Audience Award. Mr. Roosevelt opened Oct. 27 in Austin and is now available for streaming at Netflix.
Aired: Dec. 21, 2017