Frank and Cindy

Frank and Cindy
Directed by G.J. Echternkamp
Produced by
Screenplay by G.J. Echternkamp
Alex Holdridge
Story by G.J. Echternkamp
Based on Frank and Cindy
by G.J. Echternkamp
Music by Mac Quayle
Cinematography Tobias Datum
The Group Films
Lleju Productions
Release dates
  • June 16, 2015 (2015-06-16) (United States)
Country U.S.
Language English

Frank and Cindy is a comedy film written and directed by G.J. Echternkamp. The film stars Rene Russo, Oliver Platt, Johnny Simmons, Jane Levy, and Marc Maron and is based on the true story and the 2007 documentary of the same name.[1] The film was released on 16 June 2015 in the United States.[2]


G.J. Echternkamp tells the story of his relationship with his parents, his mother Cindy Brown (Russo) and his step-father Frank Garcia (Platt). Frank had been the bass player of OXO, a band from the '80s that scored with the one-hit wonder song "Whirly Girl". Cindy was the ultimate groupie who married Frank and thought life would be glamorous and filled with award shows, but that is not how it turned out.[3] The movie includes a rearranged version of "Whirly Girl" and some excerpts from its video clip.[4]



Writer and director, G.J. Echternkamp, is Cindy's real life son. He made the documentary Frank and Cindy in 2007 after filming his mother and step-father for a year.[6]

Production on the film started in August 2013 with John Pierce, Scoot McNairy, Bill Perkins to produce.[7]


  1. "Frank & Cindy - A Documentary". Frank and Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Bull, Victoria (20 August 2013). "'Frank And Cindy' Gather More Castmates". The Hollywood News. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  3. Jagernauth, Kevin (12 April 2012). "Scoot McNairy Joins New Lynn Shelton Pic 'Touchy Feely' With Ellen Page And Rosemarie DeWitt & Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land'". Indie Wire. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  4. Harvey, Dennis (24 February 2016). "Film Review: 'Frank and Cindy'". Variety. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  5. Labrecque, Jeff (23 February 2011). "Rene Russo to play real-life groupie in 'Frank and Cindy' -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  6. "Frank and Cindy | About". Frank and Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  7. Ford, Rebecca (19 August 2013). "Oliver Platt, Jane Levy, Marc Maron, Johnny Simmons Join Indie 'Frank and Cindy' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 April 2014.

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