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                    a Film by Taylor A. Purdee

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About the Film

From a screenplay recently preserved in The Academy©'s permanent Core Collection, Killian & the Comeback Kids is the story of a young mixed race musician forced to return to his rural hometown after an expensive college degree.


A chance encounter with a childhood acquaintance gives the summer new direction.


Together they throw together a rag-tag band of other struggling locals for one shot to play a music festival coming to their once prosperous steel town.


Armed with only folk-rock, Killian and the band hope to unite the community - - if just for one night. 

A little musical at the cross roads of small town America and a burgeoning youth culture only just beginning to find its voice. 


Written and Directed by Taylor A. Purdee

Produced by Roberta Morris Purdee and Taylor A. Purdee

Executive Producers Suzanne Ordas Curry & Liam Higgins

With Original Music by The Cumberland Kids


Taylor A. Purdee

John Donchak

Nathan Purdee, Kassie DePaiva

 Shane Andries, Shannon O'Boyle

Andrew O'Shanick, Emily Mest, Yael Elisheva

And Introducing Genesis McCaulley

With Maddi Jane

And Lee Grant


Praises Sung

"Maximum entertainment...The heart of 'Once'...[and] the early films of Greta Gerwig...'Killlian & the Comeback Kids' lingers long after you've left the movie theatre." 

“Filmmaker/composer Taylor A. Purdee has a lot of talent...stop reading this review and check out 'Killian & The Comeback Kids.”


Watch 'Wilds of the West' From New Film Killian & the Comeback Kids

 New Trailer for "Killian & the Comeback Kids."

“Magnificent locations…great music…a Folk-Rock journey.”

"One of only a handful of fully theatrical films


It's a cool film with beautiful music and cinematography."

"A fresh and unique look at the contemporary identity crisis among young adults.
It’s worth a watch if you’re
a human with the capacity to feel." 

"A great soundtrack...with songs competing for the Academy Award."

"Among the curiosities on the list [of Academy Contenders] are 
seven folk based songs from “Killian & the Comeback Kids.”"

"The list [of dark horse Oscar contenders]...includes
 songs from the
folk-rock musical 
“Killian & the Comeback Kids.”"

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