Nat Faxon, Jim Rash making a splash with ‘The Way, Way Back’

Claire Folger

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There’s nothing like Academy Award recognition to help screenwriters nudge over the top their follow-up Little Project That Could. So it went for Manchester-by-the-Sea native Nat Faxon (star of the gone-too-soon sitcom “Ben and Kate”) and writing partner Jim Rash (a.k.a. Dean Pelton of TV’s “Community”). It was hardly coincidence that right around the time the duo and Alexander Payne grabbed best adapted screenplay Oscars for “The Descendants,” things started to come together for their directing debut, “The Way, Way Back.” After years of false starts, Faxon and Rash finally got to make their thoughtful indie comedy — and nabbed a near-record $9.75 million distribution deal at Sundance, to boot.

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