Kel Thompson on Directing Kids Comedy The Terrible Adventure | Awareness Film Festival [Exclusive Interview]

Kel Thompson
Kel Thompson directed the comedy adventure The Terrible Adventure

There are very few filmmakers tasked to make a kids comedy. Director Kel Thompson stepped up to the role in creating The Terrible Adventure.

The film is an adventure itself. Thompson has two of his own children starring in this new independent feature film that utilizes several locales in Florida. It balances the action and comedy from both children and adults. Best of all, it is a clean, family-fun film that is a rarity in today’s business that only seeks out for the bottom line.

Here’s the synopsis:

When tasked with taking ‘action’ by an elementary teacher as a summer project, two bright, affluent, and spoiled siblings, Olivia and Jackson, face their Dad’s bankruptcy and parent’s divorce by attempting to win the most complicated contest of all time. Created by billionaire Bill Bob Branson, the contest is used to cultivate the world’s greatest talent to seed a special task force and head up a non-profit organization to address global issues such as climate change, pollution, and world peace—with a cash prize of $1,000,000. The contest is initially designed for adults, however, the siblings are able to solve the first clue of the contest which opens the portal to the first of many of their wild adventures.

The film stars Thompson’s own kids—Olivia (9) and Jackson (12). The rest of the cast included the adults Santo Curatolo (Witness Protection), Ciro Dobric, and Ron Beau Phillips.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta exclusively spoke with director Kel Thompson via Zoom about crafting this kids’ adventure with the crazy stunts, gags, and places.

The movie is Kel Thompson’s feature film directorial debut.

The Terrible Adventure is currently showcased at the Awareness Film Festival virtually tomorrow at 10 a.m. PDT. For ticket information, visit

Check out the exclusive interview below and let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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